Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network

Type of technology used

Video consultation – high definition camera and monitor

Name of any commercial telecare provider involved

Virgin Media Business

Lead organisation

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Other organisations involved

8 hospital sites across Cumbria and Lancashire

Brief description of project

The Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network provides, for the first time, an out-of-hours stroke thrombolysis service. This ensures that anyone from Cumbria and Lancashire’s population of nearly 2.2 million can benefit from stroke treatment to reduce disability and death.

Prior to the implementation of this innovative service, each of the eight hospital sites involved, had an existing 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday stroke thrombolysis service available. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust enlisted the support of Virgin Media Business to help establish and implement an out-of-hours Telestroke service so that care was available 24/7.

The Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network remotely connects a specialist team of 15 stroke consultants, who provide ‘out of hours’ clinical advice from their homes across the county, to eight hospital sites. Each consultant is linked by a secure broadband connection to a ‘Telecart’ at the patient’s bedside. This enables a ‘two-way’ virtual consultation to take place, so they can see and speak to patients via innovative teleconferencing equipment, view CT scans and recommend appropriate treatment.

Key outcomes for patients and staff

  • Faster, 24/7 diagnosis
  • Quicker initiation of the correct treatment(s)
  • Improved recovery rates

Barriers overcome/ lessons learned


Links to more information 

Contact for more information

Dr Paul Davies, Stroke Consultant at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle 

Date of case study submission



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