Up until 1996, Peterborough District Hospital had no dedicated ‘Stroke Unit’ or Nursing Specialists. At that time the MOD wanted a ward at Edith Cavell, so they funded a ward to be converted at the old Fenland Wing (a disused kitchen).
My wife Connie who was already a Ward Sister was one of a core group tasked to set up a ‘New’ Stroke Specialist Unit – it opened later in 1996 and as can be seen local Ex Policeman and Olympic Shot Putter Geoff Capes (another story at another time) did the official opening.
All together the Unit moved 7 times over a number of years.
Connie was The Ward Manager of the Stroke Unit for 20 years until retiring.
She and her team along with consultant Dr Owusu made remarkable progress in the intervention and rehabilitation of neurological patients.
She often meets ordinary people in the street who will come along and say thanks to the Stroke Unit they are still here today.
At the ‘new’ Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) there are now 34 beds for Stroke/Neurological patients and further advances in Stroke treatment & management is prevalent.