Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has expanded its specialist stroke services by opening a second bi-plane angiogram suite.

The suite will enable the hospital to provide mechanical thrombectomy treatment to more stroke patients in the eastern region.

This bi-plane angiogram machine allows medical professionals to visualise a 360-degree image of the brain and guide a specialised device through a catheter to eliminate blood clots and revive blood flow.

Additional staff, including two interventional neuro-radiology consultants, will be appointed and trained in this regard.

This new suite will increase the number of people, who can access this life-saving treatment by approximately 600 patients annually.

The hospital aims to expand its hours of operation to provide 24/7 service, starting in the summer of 2024.

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CUH consultant interventional neuro-radiologist Dr Yogish Joshi said: “Clot busting drugs are good for minor strokes but for larger clots, we need this procedure.

“The treatment window is six hours, but the sooner a person has the procedure the better, so by treating people closer to home, we are increasing their chances of living a better quality of life after stroke.”

Local MP Anthony Browne celebrated the opening ceremony with employees and patients.

Among them were stroke patients Wendy Horrocks and Brian Cashman, who shared their positive experiences with the treatment.

Browne stated: “It was also very moving to hear from Wendy and Brian, two patients whose outcomes following serious strokes were transformed by this technology.

“I am delighted that a second suite is now open and will enable more people from across the region to access this life-saving and life-changing treatment.”