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Stroke development programme at Lurgan Hospital

28th February 2024

 Lurgan Hospital’s stroke and rehabilitation team have started a training programme to ensure that staff are up to date with the very latest developments in patient care.


Stroke is a serious life-threatening medical emergency caused when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Stroke can be life-changing. It can happen to anyone of any age and affects everyone in different ways.


The specialist team on the stroke and rehabilitation ward, support patients with their recovery, helping them to regain function and independence following a stroke.


Their monthly sessions include updates from specialist nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and speech and language therapy colleagues, sharing the very latest research, knowledge and techniques in stroke care.


Brian Beattie, Director of Adult Community Services for the Southern Trust said: “We have a highly skilled, experienced and compassionate team of medical, nursing, diagnostics, pharmacy and allied health professional staff on the stroke and rehabilitation ward at Lurgan Hospital.


“They are absolutely committed to continually improving their services to ensure the best possible outcomes for their patients, supporting them to return home as soon as they are assessed as medically fit to do so, to allow them to live their lives as independently as possible.”

Always phone 999 with suspected stroke symptoms.

BE FAST: Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, and Time to call 999.

Balance – Sudden memory loss, confusion, dizziness or a fall?

Eyes – Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.

Face – Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – Is their speech slurred?
Time – Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs