Double award shortlisting for Thrombectomy service

The pioneering Mechanical Thrombectomy treatment, which was the first of its kind in the UK and has been providing a crucial service to patients in Staffordshire since 2009, has been shortlisted for two prestigious HSJ awards.

The categories are, Specialised services redesign and Enhancing care by sharing data and information. Now in their 36th year, the HSJ awards celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcases them to the service's most influential leaders.

Dr Sanjeev Nayak, Consultant Neuroradiologist, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have the mechanical thrombectomy service shortlisted for these two prestigious awards. UHNM has been a pioneer for this revolutionary treatment since the start of the decade and it's pleasing to see other hospitals throughout the country starting to recognise the outstanding results of the Mechanical Thrombectomy treatment. This year NHS England commissioned this treatment more widely, which means 8,000 more patients can potentially receive this life-saving procedure. I truly believe that the successful work we have carried out at UHNM was a contributing factor in this landmark decision from NHS England."

The procedure involves carefully removing the clots from deep within the brain, using a 3ft-long wire. A stent at the end of the wire envelopes the clot and pulls it out, allowing blood to flow freely to the brain.

UHNM has the largest patient population treated by mechanical thrombectomy in the UK and has a dedicated team providing the service to patients round the clock.

This treatment has already proved to be life-changing for many, as patients with severe strokes previously had a mortality risk of 50%. This new treatment has a direct impact on this patient population, reducing mortality to one of the lowest for such severe strokes in the UK, 17%.

Patients who have received the treatment have been quick to praise their recovery and rehabilitation from such a serious condition. You can find out more about two patients and their experience of Mechanical Thrombectomy, by visiting: http://www.uhnm.nhs.uk/news/pages/Patient-stories-Thrombectomy.aspx

The winners of the HSJ Awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 22 November 2017 at the InterContinental O2

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