Consultant Physician Dr David Hargroves, the Clinical Lead for the Kent and Medway stroke review, won a Stroke Association national award for professional excellence for his work to improve stroke services in Kent.
And volunteer and stroke survivor Amber Garland from Gillingham, was awarded the Stroke Association award for volunteering. Read Amber’s story here.
Dr Hargroves is Clinical Lead for Stroke Medicine at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. When he started working in east Kent, fewer than half of local stroke survivors were able to return home and live independently.
Within three years of taking charge, the number of people going home or back to their care home rose to nearly 80 per cent. As a result, the local stroke service was rated as one of the best in the country at the time by the Care Quality Commission.
Dr Hargroves said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award, but my job really is its own reward. Every day we see how devastating a stroke can be and it spurs me and the team on, to provide the very best possible treatment and care we can. There is nothing more worthwhile than seeing people recover to enjoy their life after a stroke.”
Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, said: “Stroke care is making advances all the time, thanks to the passion and commitment of remarkable people like Dr Hargroves. He has transformed stroke care in East Kent. The innovations he has made mean that local people have a much better chance of surviving the condition and making a good recovery.”
The Stroke Association has made a video showcasing David’s work.
Stroke services in Kent and Medway are currently being reviewed and a formal public consultation is expected to be launched early in 2018 which could result in improved specialist acute stroke services being offered in three hospitals across Kent. The public has been involved in extensive engagement over the past three years to help shape what future services may look like.