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Improving hospital stroke care




The NHS in Knowsley, Liverpool, South Sefton, Southport & Formby, and West Lancashire has been looking at how it can improve local hyper-acute stroke services – ‘hyper-acute’ is the care you receive in the first 72-hours after having a stroke.

Between 22 November 2021 and 14 February 2022, we are holding a public consultation about proposals for a Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Aintree University Hospital, which would bring together the hyper-acute care currently provided at Aintree, the Royal Liverpool, and Southport hospitals.

For more details about these proposals and why they are being made, please read this information booklet. You can also read a shorter summary document. We’re developing information in BSL and Easy Read formats too – these will be available here very soon.


How to get involved



You can share your views by filling out this questionnaire:

If you would like to request this in a different language or format, please email call (0151) 247 6406 or text 07920 206 386

Speech and language therapists at local hospitals have helped us to develop an aphasia-friendly survey, to help people with additional language or communication needs to share their views. Please get in touch if you would like us to send you a copy of this.

اﻟﺘ ﻤﺔ ﻣﺘﻮﻓﺮة ﺪ اﻠﻄﻟﺐ.

При поискане можем да ви предоставим превод.



Překlad je k dispozici na požádání.

ﺗرﺟﻣﮫ اﯾن ﻣﺗن در دﺳﺗرس اﺳت.

Erre vonatkozó kérés esetén fordítást tudunk biztosítani.


Tłumaczenie dostępne na życzenie.

ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਬੇਨਤੀ 'ਤੇ ਉਪਲਬਧ।

Traducere disponibila la cerere.

Marka la codsado baa la heli karaa isaga oo turjuman.

درﺧواﺳت ﮐرﻧﮯ ﭘر ﺗرﺟﻣہ دﺳﺗﯾﺎب ﮨﮯ۔

Easy Read

Large Print

Audio / Braille

You can also use the contact details above for further information about the proposals and to leave us your feedback as an alternative to completing the survey.

NHS Liverpool CCG is organising this consultation on behalf of all the CCGs involved (Knowsley, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, and West Lancashire), so we’re the point of contact for all enquiries, not just those from Liverpool residents.


Online events

We’re organising two online public events using Microsoft Teams, which will be a chance to hear people involved in the review of hyper-acute stroke services talk about the proposals. We’re planning to include time for some smaller focus-groups discussions as part of this. These are planned for:

  • Tuesday 7 December, 1pm – 3pm
  • Thursday 9 December, 6pm – 8pm

(Both events will be the same format, so you only need to attend one).

If you would like to attend on Tuesday 7 click here to email us, or for Thursday 9 click here. You will need online access for these events.





Online questionnaire

English print version



Consultation booklet

Consultation overview (PDF)

Consultation overview (slideshow)

Pre-consultation business case (PCBC) for hyper-acute stroke services



Communications toolkit

Social media assets

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Previous engagement

During autumn 2019 we worked with the Stroke Association to visit a number of local groups for stroke survivors, to talk about the review and gather feedback from those with experience of hospital stroke services. You can read a report about this engagement here.

The information gathered from discussions with stroke survivors, their families and carers were used to help develop the proposals for a single Comprehensive Stroke Centre which form the basis of the current consolation.

Although our discussions during autumn 2019 were about hospital services, we also received feedback about other parts of stroke care, including people’s experience of rehabilitation and support services once they left hospital. In January 2020, NHS England published a new national service specification for early supported discharge and community care following a stroke. This document describes the care that people can expect to receive, but currently there are different levels of service in place both locally and nationally. The Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Stroke Delivery Network has since set up a group to review rehabilitation services and make recommendations for improving services and reducing inequities between areas.