QA medics help stroke victims out in Ghana

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MEDICS from Portsmouth are going above and beyond the call of duty by helping improve the lives of stroke patients in Africa.

Doctors and stroke experts from Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, are taking part in a project in Ghana to help develop the treatment of people who have had strokes.

The Ghana-Wessex stroke project sees QA staff give up their own time to help doctors and nurses in the country to establish an organised stroke care system.

Sarah Easton, the community stroke rehabilitation team leader at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, was the latest member of staff to visit the city of Accra in Ghana.

She spent her time working on wards, enabling the development of basic skills needed to help people who have had a stroke.

Mrs Easton said: ‘It is completely different from anything I have experienced in this country.

‘But the work we were doing was very well received.’

Stroke is the second biggest killer in Accra and the fifth in Ghana as a whole.

But there are no known organised stroke units in Africa, with only one occupational therapist and two speech and language therapists for Ghana.

The team at Queen Alexandra are now trying to raise funds to take the project forward, with plans for doctors, nurses and physiotherapists from Ghana to visit England to further their training.