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Rose awarded Trust’s first pre-doctoral fellowship

A Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist, for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), has been awarded £50,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Rose Peel, Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist, with one of the iPads she will use as part of her MSc dissertation project

This makes Rose Peel the first person at the Trust to gain the training award and sponsorship to undertake the pre-doctoral fellowship.

The funding will allow Rose to undertake training and conferences to develop the skills she needs to go on and become a clinical academic.

She said: “I was amazed to find I was awarded the fellowship and honoured to be the first person at the Trust to gain this type of training award.”

An NIHR Spokesperson added: “We would like to congratulate Rose on her ICA Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF). This will support her to undertake the academic training she needs to become a competitive Doctoral level candidate.

“The PCAF supports non-medical healthcare professionals who have limited formal academic training to begin their clinical research career.”

As well as undertaking her pre-doctoral fellowship, Rose is studying a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Central Lancashire, and will undertake a small project as part of her dissertation that will look at the feasibility of using smartphone apps to support engagement in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a stroke.

Research evidence shows frequent repetition of exercises and tasks can improve recovery after stroke. The idea of an app is to help patients carry out the exercises on the ward. The apps have easy to follow videos and instructions, and will help patients take control over their rehabilitation.

Rose has worked at UHMBT for the past 12 months on the Trust’s acute stroke and rehabilitation wards. Her role looks at the skills a person needs to function in everyday life and how they can adapt after stroke. She works closely with the Early Supported Discharge Stroke team and previously worked at Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospital.

Rose, who works at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, added: “I love the variety that working in stroke rehabilitation offers, and the progress we see as people regain independence and return to their daily during roles. We are lucky to be able to work with people as they recover both in the hospital and in their own homes.”

David Wilkinson, Director of People and Organisational Development, UHMBT, said: “A huge congratulations to Rose and we wish her every success on her pre-doctoral fellowship.”

 For more information about the NIHR PCAF award visit www.NIHR.ac.uk/PCAF.

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New acute stroke unit officially opened by “extraordinary” consultant

More than 50 members of staff, patients and guests gathered on Monday to see the Trust’s Huggett Suite at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) opened by Dr Isabel Huggett who retired in 2016. The suite, which specialises in acute stroke

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3 responses to “New acute stroke unit officially opened by “extraordinary” consultant”

  1. Cath Gleeson says:

    I was treated for a ‘stroke’ at Lancaster Royal Infirmary more than 2 years ago. After 4 days I was discharged home and waited nearly 5 weeks for any follow up care at Kendal Westmorland General hospital.

    Let’s hope things will improve.

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi Cath, sorry to hear you did not have a good experience. This new unit is part of the many improvements being made in the Trust to ultimately improve patient care. If you would like to discuss your experience further, please do not hesitate to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison team on 01539 795497. Thank you

  2. carl rushworth says:

    My 79 year old mother had a minor stroje went in this unit . I hace borging but praise and thanks for all the staff . Its very clean well ewuipped and staff are very friendly yet professional
    At times a little unxer staffed but thats more a funding issue i expect .

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Local clinicians come together to reduce number of strokes in Lancashire and South Cumbria

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  1. Penny Pullen says:

    The article below was printed in the Daily Mail recently and my own research has proved that we need magnesium to be healthy and transdermal is the best way to bring it into the body. e.g. Epsom Salt baths and floatation therapy when 1,000 pounds of Epsom Salts is dissolved in a foot of water at blood heat and you float for an hour. I can vouch for the fact that this therapy is pure ‘heaven…’ (We also need good quality natural sea salt in our diets and Dead Sea Salt in the bath is a good idea. Refined salt should be kept to sprinkle on the pavements during a hard Winter as it is very harmful if ingested…)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4797166/Will-popping-magnesium-pills-cure-aches-pains.html

    Extract:-

    STROKE RISK

    A study published in the journal Stroke said it had been found men and women reduced their stroke risk with a higher intake of magnesium. ‘We don’t know exactly why this happens, but one theory is magnesium reduces inflammation in the body,’ says Professor Welch.

    Studies also show higher levels of dietary magnesium can help to reduce hypertension and cholesterol levels — both risk factors for stroke.

    HEALTHY HEARTS

    Tracy Parker, Heart Health Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), says: ‘Some research indicates that eating foods rich in magnesium is linked with a positive impact on heart disease risk factors such as lowering blood pressure.’

    Magnesium also plays a role in the heart’s electrical functioning by which it beats, and studies show it can relieve atrial fibrillation, or unusual heart rhythms.

    Dr Sarah Myhill, a GP in Powys, explains: ‘In the heart muscle and elsewhere in the body, calcium is needed to help excite muscle cells and cause contractions, whereas magnesium is involved in getting the muscle to relax.

    ‘If you don’t have enough magnesium, the muscle doesn’t relax as it should and the rhythm of the heart can go awry.’

    DIABETES CONTROL

    Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle disease linked to obesity, affects more than four million people in the UK.

    In a large study published in 2013, researchers found that magnesium intake protected people against the disease.

    And magnesium deficiency has been linked to insulin resistance and poor glucose regulation.

    Dietitian Clare Thornton-Wood says: ‘Magnesium deficiency could be contributing to insulin resistance. The data so far warrants further research.’

    (I am a retired school teacher and health researcher. Aged 73 this year, I have never felt better….)

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Netball match raises funds for stroke survivors

On Monday 15 December 2014, staff from the stroke team at the RLI, along with physio, occupational therapy, Dietetics, medical, nursing colleagues and friends and family played a charity netball game.It was great fun, with staff making a huge effort

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Your Health Heroes 2013/14 – Team of the Year

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