Hornsby residents experiencing a stroke can now receive life-saving treatment closer to home with the opening of a new stroke unit.
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital opened the stroke unit at the same time as the new redevelopment and 12 months ago allowing ambulances to transport local patients with the onset of stroke, reducing the need to travel further to other hospitals.
Previously, patients who were suffering stroke would need to go to a nearby tertiary hospital and could receive their post-stroke care at Hornsby.
Neurologist and Head of Department Dr Omar Ahmad said by having acute stroke therapies at Hornsby meant that patients could receive thrombolysis- a clot busting procedure- earlier giving them better chances of recovery.
“All local stroke patients with onset within a 24-hour period are now directed to Hornsby to be assessed rather than be diverted to the nearest tertiary hospital,” Omar said.