Leading thrombectomy training
21 June 2017
Last month it was announced by NHS England that millions of pounds would be invested to perform mechanical clot removal (thrombectomies) in stroke patients.
Thrombectomy is a cath lab-based technique where a blood clot is
directly removed from the brains arteries. A small tube, like a
vacuum cleaner, is guided to the brain via the groin and then
literally sucks out the clot, clearing the blockage so that blood
can once again reach the brain's cells.
Southend University Hospital has been delivering this service
since 2013 under the guidance of Interventional Neuroradiologist,
Professor Iris Grunwald, Deputy Medical Director at the Trust and
Director of Neuroscience and Vascular Simulation at Anglia Ruskin
University (ARU) and author of the book "How to set up an acute
Southend was the first District General Hospital in the UK to
set up such a service from scratch. Dedicated training in ARU's
high-end virtual reality simulation facilities and close
collaboration between Southend's innovative health care
professionals from a variety of specialities allowed a
multidisciplinary team approach, specifically with Cardiology and
Radiology, sharing resources and staff.
Southend's team training strategy now helps address the growing
need for interventional services and the training demand outlined
in the NHS England announcement.
Professor Grunwald said: "Stroke simulators are very expensive
and scarce across Europe. We are lucky to have access to ARU's
multimillion pound simulation facilities and are the only site in
the UK to offer such specialised thrombectomy courses, in
cooperation with the World Federation for Interventional Stroke
Training is already being delivered to delegates from across the
world including Trinidad, Turkey, Czech Republic, China and
Trainees come to the UK to learn from Southend's experience and
the team lecture at leading conferences such as ICCA-Stroke, the
European Stroke Organisation, the European Congress of Radiology
and the European Stroke Congress.
Professor Grunwald added: "We are one step ahead of the
announcement, already treating patients in the wider area, this has
such a positive impact on patients' lives."
The spotlight on this investment is positive news for Southend,
Basildon and Mid Essex Hospitals working together more closely as a
group, giving quick access totreatment for the 1.2 million Essex
patients the hospitals cover.
Image: Professor Grunwald (left) in the ARU