‘One in four people will have a stroke at some time in their life.’
CUH Charity are looking for your support to raise funds for the development of a new Stroke Unit at the hospital. Due to an aging population, the number of stroke patients in Ireland will increase by 25% in just the next 5 years. Most patients are over 65 years of age, but stroke can occur at any age.
Stroke, a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, is the second biggest killer worldwide and the third biggest killer in Ireland. Stroke kills more than twice the number of people than breast cancer in Ireland and is the leading cause of adult acquired disability.
Cork University Hospital currently has the busiest Inpatient Stroke Service in Ireland with over 500 confirmed stroke patients each year. The new Stroke Unit will have a therapy suite to provide better and quicker inpatient rehab for our stroke patients on the ward. Stroke unit care remains the cornerstone of good stroke care. Getting to a stroke unit after a stroke reduces mortality and morbidity and increases the chance of returning to independence by 20% versus standard care on a medical ward.
About 15% of our acute stroke patients die and the new unit will improve access to single rooms to enable people to die with dignity.
Please support the Stroke Unit Appeal by making a donation today. and help us provide the best care possible to our stroke patients.