STRUCTURE: Stroke services are set to return to Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

Since services have been closed, the majority of patients from South Staffordshire have been treated at either University Hospitals North Staffordshire Trust or the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust.

There has been a move to re-introduce the stroke unit to Stafford Hospital, facilitated by the Staffordshire stroke and cardiac network.

The proposals have been supported by the PCT and GPs and will be provided by senior medical and nursing staff from University Hospitals North Staffordshire Trust.

The service commenced in April 2011 for those patients who suffer a stroke while already receiving inpatient treatment for other conditions, and will look to expand in the early part of 2012-13.