Liverpool Town Crier has lots to shout about when it comes to stroke care at the Royal

Liverpool Town Crier, Terry Stubbings, wants to tell the people of Liverpool all about the care he received from staff on the Stroke Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which was recently found to be one of the best units in the country for saving lives.

In August 2015, Terry experienced a stroke and was admitted to the Royal; now in recovery he wants to share his experience with others to highlight the dedicated work of those staff on the stroke unit, whom without he might not have survived.

Terry Stubbings, Town Crier of Liverpool said:

“As Liverpool’s Town Crier, I am recognised for my loud cries around the city and I want to tell the citizens of Liverpool about how fantastic the stroke unit is! The care I received from the team at the Royal has enabled me to make a speedy recovery and to continue my work.

“I never expected my journey through the stroke unit; however the treatment I received was second to none. Without their quick acting care and their attentiveness, my experience could have been so much different. Thanks to them, I am back on my feet and enjoying life to the full with my family and friends.”

A National Stroke Audit (SSNAP) led by the Royal College of Physicians, reviews mortality rates in stroke patients nationally; the most recent audit revealed that Stroke Unit at the Royal was found to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.

This means that stroke patients treated at the Royal have a better chance of survival compared to patients living in other areas of the UK.

Paul Fitzsimmons Consultant at the Royal Liverpool Hospital said:

“It is great to see that our work has a positive impact on patient’s lives and Terry is a great example of this. Terry’s voice is a key part of his job, sometimes after a stroke patients can experience speech difficulties, but with our help not only did he recover but he is back on his feet and crying loud and clear.

“The recent figures from SSNAP show how we are doing the best we can to save more and more lives. They are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the stroke team and the progress we are making to improve the experience for our patients during their stay in hospital and when they return home.”

Paul added:

“We recognise that what we do in the first hours and days after our patients have a stroke can make a huge difference to their rehabilitation and recovery. Stroke care is one of the areas that R Charity are raising money towards. The appeal will help fund important monitoring systems to increase patient safety and help patients to continue living independently. Specialist chairs will also maintain dignity for those less mobile patients and assist in their recovery.

“Please help all you can to improve the service to make it even better than it is now. Your donations can make a huge difference to the recovery and rehabilitation of stroke patients in Liverpool.”

Terry added:

“The Royal’s stroke appeal to help raise £100, 440 for the stroke unit will help them purchase special equipment for patients like me, I am right behind them and I am calling out for you to support them too!”

To find out how you can get involved, please contact the fundraising team on 0151 706 3153 or email fundraising@rlbuht.nhs.uk

To watch Terry’s story and hear more about the stroke appeal visit: https://youtu.be/-sYyczlY8Gw

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