The network is working closely with local stakeholders to ensure the regional stroke pathway is maintained during the pandemic. We have collaboratively developed and agreed a protocol to co-ordinate amendments to the pathway, as and when they are needed. We are now developing a recovery and restore plan as we move into the next phase of the pandemic.
Our inpatient and community stroke services are fully operational, albeit with more remote working. We would encourage our clinical colleagues to engage with their local stroke teams for advice and support to ensure patients do not miss out on specialist care, including those who experience a Transient Ischaemic Attack.
The NHS have published stroke medicine guidance to support clinicians during the outbreak and we will be supporting teams to ensure it is implemented. We have also developed similar guidance for community stroke services.
Watch a video featuring Lucy, the vice chair of our Patient & Carer Group and stroke survivor, about why acting F.A.S.T. and dialling 999 is so important during the pandemic.
We have now instigated regular teleconferences between our key stakeholders so local teams can work together more easily as events unfold. Contact email@example.com if you want to be invited:
- All community teams – Tuesday 11am (fortnightly)
- All Stroke Units – Monday 12pm
- Southern Sector Forum – Wednesday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)
- NW Central Sector Forum – Thursday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)
- NE Sector Forum – Friday 12pm (every 2-3 weeks)
We are in regular contact with the North West Ambulance Service and are liaising with the Pan London stroke pathway. We are in close contact with the NHSE National Clinical Director for Stroke, taking part in national calls with other regions are coordinating regularly with our North West colleagues to ensure we share plans and ideas.
We are co-ordinating with our local voluntary sector organisations (BASIC, Speakeasy, Stroke Association and Think Ahead) to amend referral pathways and ensure our patients and carers can access additional support.
We have started resuming our other regular activities and meetings, and will be launching a virtual training programme shortly. On 21st May, we hosted a webinar on remote working which you can view here.
You may find our web page on using digital technology useful as teams are now working more virtually. This has been updated with advice on remote working for community teams with many resources and examples of best practice.
You can contact the network team here.