Lives saved by new stroke techniques

A FORMER Thorne teacher who suffered a stroke has praised his treatment as it was revealed fewer people in the area are suffering strokes.

Chris Bowes, 65, had a stroke in December 2009 but quick action by paramedics and health care teams have helped him make an almost full recovery.

Now he’s now busy restoring a vintage van.

Chris said: “The aftercare I received when I went home was marvellous.

“But I know that I would not be here now had it not been for the excellent care I received in those vital couple of hours after my stroke.”

The former Hayfield School teacher’s story comes as the Care Quality Commission revealed fewer people in the area were having strokes thanks to improving prevention techniques in the borough.

The report has rated NHS Doncaster as the joint fifth best area in England when it comes to providing services for people who have had a stroke - plus their carers - after examining 15 different aspects of stroke care.

Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster’s director of public health, said: “This is tremendous news. Stroke is one of the biggest causes of premature death and disability.

“These dramatic improvements are the product of the local NHS and its partners working closely together. Patients have made a big contribution to changing the way services are provided for stroke patients and growing public awareness of the signs of stroke is saving lives.”