Faster treatment for South Island stroke patients

Courtesy HiNZ - Aug 2019

The South Island’s new telestroke service has been launched between the West Coast and Christchurch, giving more people faster access to potentially life-saving acute stroke treatment.

 Using dedicated video-conferencing and CT image technology, the telestroke service enables neurologists and stroke specialists to provide advice and support via video link to doctors treating stroke patients in smaller centres and after hours.

 Teddy Wu, one of six neurologists at Christchurch Hospital, says the service has transformed stroke care.

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