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Leading vital research into Stroke


The Peninsula Stroke Research Network project was launched on 28 March 2007 and has brought together NHS acute and primary care trusts and academic partners in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for a five year national drive to speed up the progress of Stroke research projects.


Stroke specialists and the wider Stroke community in seven acute hospitals, community Stroke units and other care teams from Yeovil to Truro are working together to answer some of the big questions about the best way to prevent Stroke and how to improve patient recovery.


Photo of Stroke staff jumping


RD&E Stroke specialist Dr Martin James, pictured above centre, said:


’Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK after heart disease and cancer, and it ruins lives when it causes paralysis and disability.  The South West has a particular problem with Stroke because our population is older than elsewhere in the country.  The care of Stroke patients has come a long way in the last decade. The NHS and the general public recognises Stroke as a treatable medical emergency,  but there is so much more that can be done to treat Stroke, or better still to prevent it in the first place.


“The research network is an exciting opportunity to push forward medical progress in the prevention and treatment of Stroke, so that we’re not waiting another 10 years for the next major advances to become available.”


“The Peninsula Stroke Network is a collaboration of Stroke specialists working in acute and community hospitals and settings in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and it will receive additional funding from the Department of Health to the tune of £400,000 per year to employ research staff across the region, for up to five years.”


The stroke unit and daily stroke clinic here at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital take part in many research studies.  We work in collaboration with the Stroke Research Network to conduct well designed studies which will help to improve our knowledge of stroke and the treatments we use.


Following your hospital stay or your appointment in the clinic, you may be contacted by a member of the research team to ask if you would like to be sent information about a research study appropriate to you.  It is important that you know that you do not have to take part, and that you decision will not affect any of the tests or treatments you are offered at the clinic.


If you  would like to contact us for any further information, you can call the Exeter Stroke Research Team on 01392 406434.