Acute Stroke Unit to open

COFFS Harbour’s new Acute Stroke Unit will officially open later this month.

The North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) received State funding for the dedicated unit, which will provide significant benefits for stroke survivors and their families in the Coffs-Clarence community.

“Stroke is the second largest killer and one of the leading causes of disability amongst adults in Australia. More than 53,000 strokes occur nationally each year, which is one every 10 minutes,” a NCAHS spokesperson said.

The four-bed Acute Stroke Unit will officially be opened on March 23 in the Rehabilitation Unit at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus (CHHC).

“The funding includes appointment of a stroke care co-ordinator, a clinical nurse educator and enhancement to nursing and Allied Health staff,” the spokesperson said.

The new service will focus on patient care from admission to the Emergency Department through to rehabilitation and re-integration back into the community.

The unit will provide comprehensive and co-ordinated stroke care for members of the community who have experienced a stroke.

It is the second dedicated stroke unit established on the North Cost with Port Macquarie Base Hospital establishing a service in 2009.

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