Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announcing the new $9.3 million Stroke Care Unit with RMH Director Neurology, Professor Stephen Davis, and stroke survivor, Lindsay Mott
19 July 2017
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Patient stories

It was the quick thinking of his brother-in-law that saved Lindsay’s life.

Driving out together to the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne for a reunion with mates, something wasn’t right with Lindsay.

“My brother in-law said to me that something was happening to me, that something wasn’t right,” Lindsay said.

“I didn't believe him but I found myself in an ambulance being rushed to Box Hill Hospital."

Lindsay had a stroke and the staff at Box Hill Hospital gave him the clot dissolving drug TPA, and then organised a transfer to The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) to have the clot in his brain removed, which was restricting his blood flow and causing paralysis.

“I remember not being able to move my left side, my arm or leg wouldn’t move,” Lindsay explained.

Within seconds of receiving Endovascular Clot Retrieval (ECR) at the RMH, blood flow to his brain was restored and Lindsay could move his left side again.

“I’m reluctant to use the word miracle, but that’s what it felt like,” he said.

Lindsay had an ischemic stroke, the most common form of stroke. The combination of TPA and clot retrieval, is often described as the “gold standard” of stroke treatment, and gives patients the best chance of a full recovery, reducing the chance of disability.

It’s now two years since Lindsay had his stroke and he is feeling good.

“It’s great to be back riding my bike again and being able to travel.  I am very grateful for the care I received by people who do this every day for people they have never met before.”

A brand new $9.3 million 31-bed Stroke Care Unit will be built at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to treat and care for more patients like Lindsay.

The RMH’s Director of Neurology, Professor Stephen Davis, said the new Stroke Care Unit, which will also provide care for other neurological conditions, will give Victorians access to evidenced-based best practice care on their doorstep.

“Stroke is a massive global problem, the second leading cause of death worldwide and a leading cause of disability,” Professor Davis said.

“In 2014/15 The RMH treated over 1,100 strokes and in 2015/16 over 1,200 strokes. We believe this figure will increase given the rise in chronic health conditions, but more importantly the increasing recognition of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the need for immediate medical attention.”

The new unit will have a total of 31-beds comprising of 4 high dependency rooms (HDU), and 27 standard rooms (2 of which are bariatric rooms), with a mix of single and double room accommodation, as well as a rehabilitation gym and a patient rehabilitation area.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s new Stroke Care Unit is due to open in 2019. 

 

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