Stroke unit advocate joins push for neurologist

CHAMPION: Daryll Cook in front of the honour board at Shoalhaven Hospital, to which his name was added in 2010

CHAMPION: Daryll Cook in front of the honour board at Shoalhaven Hospital, to which his name was added in 2010

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The man who advocated for a “life-saving” stroke unit at Shoalhaven Hospital said that his work here is far from done.

Ulladulla’s Daryll Cook has joined the campaign for a permanent neurologist at the hospital, led by Councillor Nina Cheyne.

“It goes without question, in this day and age, such a specialist has to be there on a permanent basis,” Mr Cook said.

“We’ve been lagging behind.

“Obviously there's a tremendous need for such a specialist to be based at the stroke unit.

“It shouldn’t be a battle or begging exercise, it should be nearly automatic with the population we have.”

Shoalhaven Council estimated in 2015 the local population will reach 100,000 next year.

He said a wide cross section of the community’s affected by head trauma conditions, including young people who play sport.

A permanent neurologist would benefit these people.

The issue will be raised at a Parkinsons forum, among more than 400 people who have confirmed their attendance at Bomaderry Bowling Club on September 5.

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