"Management of stroke"

About: Bedford Hospital South Wing

I wanted to write record my appreciation and thanks for the care I received. I consider I had world class service for the management of my stroke. In the less than 4 hours I was in A+E I was seen twice by a stroke consultant. They arranged a brain CT and chest X-ray. I discussed these results and treatment options with the consultant, and I was admitted to the stroke unit on Howard ward. Within 30 minutes I had had a carotid Doppler showing an obstructed right carotid. Within an hour I was having a brain MRI and MR angiography confirming a right carotid obstruction and a stroke in the right middle cerebral artery area. I was rapidly started on a heparin infusion. Further investigations have confirmed a carotid artery dissection completely occluding the right carotid. I stayed on the ward for 7 days during which I received excellent care from the whole team from the cleaning staff through to the nursing and medical teams. I have been discharged with a proper plan for ongoing care. I am not right but I am back home, walking and talking. I was most impressed by the organised care I received which has basically saved my brain from further damage and given me a chance for the future and wanted to share my appreciation for this service.

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Response from Bedford Hospital South Wing

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at Bedford Hospital. It is always helpful to receive feedback. I will pass your comments and compliments on to the relevant teams as I am sure that they will all appreciate you taking the time to get in touch. We are pleased that your experience was a positive one. If you would like to discuss this or anything else further, please feel free to get in touch directly. Thank you once again for sharing your experience at Bedford Hospital on NHS Choices. Jacob Brigstock Communications Officer Bedford Hospital NHS Trust Jacob.Brigstock@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

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