‘Amazing’ stroke unit is nominated for prestigious award

NOMINATED  Staff from the stroke unit at QA.
NOMINATED Staff from the stroke unit at QA.

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AFTER Ruth Elvery suffered from a stroke, medical staff sprang into action.

And one of the things she will never forget is the help and support she got from staff in the acute stroke unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Mrs Elvery, 63, of Furneaux Gardens, Fareham, said: ‘I had some knowledge of a stroke and had suffered a mild form before.

‘But this particular day in January I had come home after visiting a relative in Drayton.

‘I parked the car in the drive and got out to speak to my husband.

‘I got about two words out in normal speech and then my voice went peculiar.

‘I felt my face was going funny and my arms.

‘We both realised that I was having a stroke and called an ambulance.’

Mrs Elvery was taken to QA where she was meant by a specialist stroke consultant.

‘The paramedics were brilliant too,’ added Mrs Elvery.

‘When we got to the hospital they were expecting me.

‘I was seen in a short amount of time and the whole time I did not feel alone.

‘I always had family or nurses around me and everything was explained to me.

‘All the nurses were attentive and I felt fully reassured by them.

‘They were amazing.’

To say thank you Mrs Elvery has nominated staff in the Hospital Team of the Year in the Best of Health Awards 2012.

Ruth Davies, acting matron for stroke services, said: ‘We are thrilled that a patient has nominated the acute stroke unit.

‘We strive to ensure the patient and their care is at the heart of everything we do and are very proud to have received this recognition.

‘Thank you.’

This year’s awards night, backed by radio station Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21 at the Portsmouth Guildhall and will be hosted by Fred Dinenage.

To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.

There are 12 categories that cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries, to care in the community.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the nominate form and return it back to us by June 25.