The Stroke Research team at Dorset County Hospital, based in Dorchester, are part of a central research team working with multiple research trials for many different ailments. Dorset County Hospital is the main provider of acute hospital services to a population of around 210,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The hospital has approximately 400 beds and employs around 3000 staff.
The Stroke Unit, Hardy Ward, provides a total of 24 beds. Six are designated for Acute care and 18 for Rehabilitation. The unit has both male and female patients however the accommodation is arranged into single sex bays, with separate toilet and washing facilities.
Every year approximately 350 people within West Dorset are admitted to Dorset County Hospital having had a stroke. In 2006 the Stroke team commenced a Thrombolysis service, initially on a Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm basis. As of July 2010 this has become a 24hrs service, increasing the opportunity for the people of West Dorset to obtain this treatment. For those patients eligible to receive thrombolysis, it can dramatically improve their chances of recovery.
Stroke Clinical Trials at Dorset County Hospital are supported by dedicated Nurses and Administrators based within the clinical trials team.
Simon Sharpe, Research Nurse Research Office
Sarah Horton, Research Data Administrator
Dorset County Hospital
DT1 2JYTel: 01305 253 250