You should have access to advanced care – no matter where you live
Small or rural communities do not always have access to advanced stroke and neurology care for emergency situations and critical care needs. But at Novant Health, we’re making it easier to get world-class care, when and where you need it. Our teleneurology network forms the basis of our specialized partnerships with several of the hospitals in small communities in North Carolina and Virginia that may lack on-call neurologists and the resources to build primary stroke centers.
The program enables medical staff at participating hospitals to quickly connect with our network of talented clinicians with a wide range of expertise. It uses videoconferencing technology that is stationed at the bedside 24 hours a day.
Saving time to save lives - If you have a stroke, the most critical factor to your survival and recovery could be the time it takes for you to get treatment. With a stroke, the challenge is restoring the flow of oxygen to your brain to minimize brain cell death. All of the following conditions may require quick intervention by a physician skilled in handling neurological emergencies:
Expert care in real time - When you go to the emergency department with a potential stroke or other neurological emergency, the staff can connect to an expert neurologist on call through a videoconferencing link at your bedside. The consulting neurologist will then be able to view and discuss diagnostic test results, including images from any CT scans performed at the hospital. You, your physician at the local hospital, and your family members will be able to talk with the neurologist about test results, treatment options and your response to treatment.
A major benefit of having an experienced critical stroke care neurologist involved is to help decide whether tPA, a clot-busting drug, should be part of the treatment. This is important, since tPA must be administered within three hours of the onset of the first stroke symptoms.
The network includes:
- Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC
- Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia, NC
- Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center in Kernersville, NC
- Northern Hospital of Surry in Mt. Airy, NC
- Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, VA
If you or someone you care about experiences symptoms of a stroke or other neurological emergency, call 911 immediately.