Hard work ‘paying off’ as more patients seen

By Ian Dipple Friday 08 August 2014 Updated: 08/08 09:25

MORE than 1,500 suspected stroke patients have been treated in the county’s new centralised service.

Since the decision was taken to base all stroke services at Worcester in July last year the service has hit all three key performance targets for all but one month.

In the last 12 months 84 per cent of patients showing the warning signs for a stroke were directly admitted to the stroke unit, against a target of 70 per cent.

In total 86 per cent of stroke patients spent 90 per cent of their time on the dedicated stroke unit, against the target of 80 per cent and 71 per cent of mini-stroke patients were investigated and treated within 24 hours, against the target of 60 per cent.

The team responsible for the centralisation’s success was recently shortlisted for a national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Award and will find out if they have won in September.

Jane Schofield, deputy chief operating officer for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust,

said: “Everyone has put so much effort into improving the care we provide for stroke patients in Worcestershire.

“It is great to see the hard work really making a difference for our patients.”

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