Stroke care still have room for improvement

Stroke care in England has improved over the last two years but there is still room for improvement, according to the latest National Sentinel Organisational Audit of Stroke.

The audit found that 96 per cent of hospitals in England are now offering specialist acute stroke care.

But the audit recommends a number of improvements that can still be made to stroke care.

The audit calls for all patients with acute stroke to be admitted directly to an acute stroke unit and for levels of nurse staffing on acute stroke units to be increased.

Dr Tony Rudd, chairman of the Intercollegiate Stroke Group, said: ‘Hopefully these results will not induce a sense of complacency because we still have a long way to go before all patients can be assure of high quality care wherever and whenever they have their stroke.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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