GP launches stroke video on YouTube

An online animation stressing the importance of rapid hospital referral for suspected stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) has been developed by a GP from Suffolk.

Wanting to highlight the need for early treatment, Dr John Havard created the concept for the video. He then discussed the idea with a patient who was interested in computer animation and developed the graphics to accompany Dr Harvard’s script.

The video, which Dr Havard has also loaded onto YouTube, illustrates TIAs as ‘a shot across the bows of the brain’ ahead of an ‘impending, full-blown stroke’.

Last year, Dr Harvard won the NHS Alliance PBC prize for his Auricle software, which is designed to help GPs trying to reduce stroke by providing warfarin to patients with atrial fibrillation.

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