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Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, is about to get a new 24/7 emergency stroke service which will save local lives, according to Deputy Denis Naughten.
An ambulance in Galway is doubling up as a mobile billboard as part of an initiative aimed at reducing stroke deaths.
One in four (25 per cent) stroke deaths in County Mayo could be averted thanks to a major national programme to improve acute services – but only if more people know the FAST warning signs of stroke and the need for emergency treatment in the wake of an attack. The findings were released by the Irish Heart Foundation at the launch of the first ever National Stroke Week, supported by Covidien, a leading global healthcare products company.
The incidence of stroke in the population could be halved if people’s blood pressure was controlled to the recommended targets, according to a leading local professor.
A stroke victim received potentially life-saving treatment at Mullingar hospital last week after assistance was provided from another location via a robotic device or ‘RoboDoc’.