‘If we hadn’t moved back north, my husband would still be alive’

As Wayne Parrott and his wife Catherine looked ahead to retirement, they wanted nothing more than to return to their native Northwest.

As Catherine’s family lived in Lancashire, the couple decided to move from Surrey to Goosnargh. But within a few months, disaster struck.




Wayne had died – and today Catherine has no doubt that he would still be here if they had stayed.

Lancashire is currently in the grip of a postcode lottery. The trust that runs Royal Preston Hospital has been commissioned by the NHS since 2021 to provide a regional stroke service seven days a week between 9am and 5pm, but has only recently been able to offer thrombectomies on weekends due to recruitment issues.

Although the end is in sight; With NHS bosses confirming in January that Preston will offer a weekend thrombectomy service from September this year, patients are still slipping through the gap. One of those patients was Wayne Parrott.

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Born in Stockport, Wayne was a fit and healthy mountain biker who loved the outdoors. The father-of-four had enjoyed a successful career at Royal Mail, as head of New Business Specialist Services, until he and Catherine reached their 60s and began planning their retirement.

“We were getting ready to retire and Wayne was considering resigning, and it seemed like the perfect time to move back north,” Catherine told LancsLive. “We moved to Goosnargh at the end of October 2023 and when Wayne dislocated his shoulder he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.”

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