Stoke victim Beryl Morrison, working with Acute Stroke Unit rehabilitator Gerald De Carle, will remain in Coffs Harbour to fully recover.
Stoke victim Beryl Morrison, working with Acute Stroke Unit rehabilitator Gerald De Carle, will remain in Coffs Harbour to fully recover. Leigh Jensen

Stroke unit opens in Coffs

STROKE victims have been handed a better chance of a full recovery while staying in Coffs Harbour.

Research shows that stroke survivors have the best outcomes when they are treated in a stroke unit with specialised staff like the new unit officially opened yesterday at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

As soon as a stroke patient arrives at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Emergency Department they will be admitted to the Acute Stroke Unit in the Rehabilitation Unit.

“The stroke service focuses not only on the patient’s admission to the Emergency Department but right through to rehabilitation and reintegration back into the community,” North Coast Area Health Service Chief Executive Chris Crawford said, “meaning that patients from the Coffs Coast will be closer to home and their loved ones through their stroke journey.”

The unit and staff will provide comprehensive and co-ordinated care working towards the best possible outcome for the patient.

A multi-disciplinary approach will be used in the unit as health and social work professionals work as a single team surrounding the patient and their family with the support needed.

NCAHS has employed six new staff to work in the unit.



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