Extend opening hours to prevent strokes

Increasing general practice opening hours could prevent over 500 recurrent strokes a year, according to a UK study.

For the study, the researchers assessed the impact on stroke prevention of increasing primary care opening hours to 8am-8pm daily.

They analysed the healthcare seeking behaviour of 91,000 patients registered at nine practices in Oxfordshire between April 2002 and March 2006.

Overall, they found that opening from 8am to 8pm could reduce delays in stroke assessment and increase the number of patients being seen within 24-hours from 34 per cent to 68 per cent.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

BMJ website

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