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A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to the brain and without a blood supply, brain cells can be damaged or destroyed.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage it is likely to cause.
The Wirral Stroke Service has been recognised nationally as one of the best stroke services in the North West based on the annual SSNAP Audit from the Royal College of Physicians.
The speed and level of care we offer to stroke patients has been making positive headlines and we were recently praised on national BBC news for some of the best acute stroke care in the country.
We also fare well on the NHS Atlas of Variation - published by NHS England and Public Health England - which looks at service performance in more than 200 local areas.
The Wirral Stroke Service consists of an Acute Stroke Unit at Arrowe Park Hospital, a purpose-built rehabiliation centre at Clatterbridge Hospital and our Early Supported Discharge Team, who offer further rehabilitation in the community.
If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
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