MANCHESTER, N.H. — Neurologists will be able to help treat potential stroke patients en route to the hospital through a new telemedicine system at New Hampshire’s Catholic Medical Center.

The first 60 minutes after someone arrives at a hospital with stroke symptoms are a critical window for starting treatments that can limit the side effects and potential damage of a stroke. The TeleStroke Ambulance Program allows ambulance crews to communicate with neurologists via a tablet to begin evaluating patients even before they get to the hospital.

Officials said the hospital’s partnership with TeleSpecialists will make a big difference for patients and communities.

Several ambulance companies are participating in the program.

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