A CORONER has urged NHS bosses to review opening hours for a stroke unit at Fairfield General after the death of an 80-year-old.

Constance Robinson was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, from her home at a farm in Chelford, near Knutsford, after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

A Bolton inquest heard she was taken to Salford because Stepping Hill, at Stockport, only opened between 7am and 11pm, resulting in an extra journey of 18 miles and travel time of 30 minutes.

Mrs Robinson was later transferred to Stepping Hill but died eight days later from heart failure.

Alan Walsh, senior coroner for Manchester West, heard if she had been taken to Stepping Hill initially she would have continued to be treated there.

Mr Walsh was told by a stroke consultant Fairfield General’s stroke unit had similar opening times to Stepping Hill.

The coroner has now asked Greater Manchester Stroke Network (GMSN), to review their operational hours.

“The availability of doctors in the units between 2300 and 0700 would allow immediate access to medical advice and emergency treatment and care, rather than a delay arising from the need to refer to Salford Royal Hospital for advice...”

Dr Jane Molloy, a consultant neurologist and GMSN lead, said the network would be responding to the coroner’s concerns “in due course”.

“Stroke services across Greater Manchester were reorganised in 2015 to improve patient outcome and experience,” she said.

An improvement in service standards had been recorded since then, she added, and their pathway “continues to be one of the best in the country”.