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Monday 26 July 2021
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World Stroke Day celebrations

Salford Royal’s Acute Stroke Unit is celebrating its 10th year of providing specialist life-saving treatment for patients from across Greater Manchester.


To celebrate the milestone, this year’s World Stroke Day on Wednesday, October 29, will be marked with a special event at Salford Royal including informative presentations, survivor stories and poetry.


In partnership with the Stroke Association and Manchester Science Festival, the interactive exhibition will offer guests the opportunity to have their blood pressure taken. There will also be a demonstration to show how people who have had a stroke are treated, along with information on some of the new ideas being tested in research studies.


Salford Royal’s stroke rehabilitation unit opened in 1995 making it the first hospital in Greater Manchester to have its own unit and dedicated stroke doctor.


The Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) opened at Salford Royal in 2004, treating patients as soon as possible after stroke symptoms start.


Although treatment has improved greatly over the past 20 years, around 17% of people with acute stroke die within the first month and a significant number are left disabled.


Since 2010, the development of Salford’s Comprehensive Stroke Centre has provided services for people from across Manchester, who are brought by ambulance to the centre for acute treatment before being referred back to their local stroke unit for rehabilitation.


One person in seven who has a stroke is under 60 years old, and some people are much younger.


Professor Pippa Tyrrell, Consultant Stroke Physician at Salford Royal and a Professor of Stroke in Manchester University, said: “The aim of the World Stroke Day event is to raise awareness of stroke and the importance of people recognising the symptoms and understanding how they can prevent a stroke from happening.


“We want everyone to be aware that a stroke isn’t just something that happens to the elderly, there are quite a lot of younger people who are affected too.”


Salford Hyperacute Stroke Research Unit is one of only eight in the NHS. Researchers from Manchester University are based at the Trust developing new treatments for stroke.


Chris Larkin, Regional Head of Operations at the Stroke Association, said: “Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and one of the greatest health challenges of our time. This event will help to develop peoples’ understanding of stroke, and raise awareness of the effect it has on stroke survivors and their family, with talks from leading experts in the field and engaging, interactive exhibits.” 


The World Stroke Day event is free but places are limited. For more details and to book a place, email world.strokeday@srft.nhs.uk.


For more information about stroke, visit the Stroke Association website.