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Stroke care improvements continue

Thursday November 30th, 2017

Care of patients who have suffered a stroke continues to improve dramatically in the NHS, according to a new analysis.

Access to drugs, scans and consultants for acutely ill patients have all improved in the last few years, according to the report commissioned by NHS England.

Some 62.3% of patients get treatment within an hour compared with 53.2% four years ago, the report shows.

And 93.5% of patients have received a brain scan within 12 hours – compared with 84.6% four years ago.

Nearly 90% of patients now get thrombolysis – compared with 70% two years ago.

There are also improved discharge arrangements for most patients, the report says.

NHS England said work is still under way to introduce mechanical thrombectomy.

National clinical director for stroke Professor Tony Rudd said: “Real improvements have been made, not just in identifying and managing those with key stroke risk factors, but in waiting times for tests and new revolutionary treatments being provided.

“We are not complacent about stroke care – it remains the fourth biggest killer in England and we recognise that there is a great deal more still to do. The data published today provides us with a very high standard which we can continue to improve from to make stroke care even better for patients.”

Tags: A&E | Brain & Neurology | NHS | UK News

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