Charity bosses warn that more stroke victims will not seek treatment this winter if they delay seeking assistance due to their ‘Covid In Hospitals’ fears.

  • Stroke victims who are not able to pay for the NHS are putting off seeking treatment. They also worry about getting Covid.
  • The Stroke Association is concerned about a decline in stroke hospitalizations, similar to what was seen during the first pandemic.
  • Ambulance delays are likely to increase feelings of burden on NHS. 

It A charity warned that the Omicron variant is expected to increase stroke cases this winter.

Stroke Association says potential stroke victims delay seeking treatment because they do not want to be burdened by the NHS.

It fears that strokes will drop to a level similar to what was experienced at the outbreak of the pandemic.

The number of untreated strokes is likely to rise this winter because of the Omicron variant, a charity has warned (file image)

A charity warned that the Omicron variant will increase strokes this winter (file image).

Nearly a third (33%) of stroke survivors who had suffered a stroke in March or June 2013 said that they were unable to seek medical attention because Covid was not available.

During this period, acute stroke admissions fell 10.3 per cent in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – the equivalent of more than 2,000 admissions. 

According to the charity, this year’s reported delays in ambulances is expected to increase feelings of being a burden for the NHS.

According to the charity, data also showed that more people have unmanaged high blood pressure or other risk factors for stroke this year.

This year, the added impact of reported ambulance delays is likely to intensify feelings of being a burden on the NHS, says the charity: Pictured: Ambulance staff arrive with a patient at St Thomas' Hospital in London on December 19

According to the charity, this year’s reported delays in ambulances is expected to make it more difficult for patients and staff to use the NHS.

Juliet Bouverie, Stroke Association stated: “When Covid cases increase as fast as they are now, it sets off alarm bells. 

“We understand that people are afraid to visit the hospital when strokes occur, but it is life-threatening.

“Fear of Covid, and feeling like a heavy burden on the NHS kept people from calling 999.” 

“This will likely be worse than usual this Christmas because of news regarding ambulance delays.”