Stroke patients suffer treatment delays

Only 29% of stroke patients are admitted to a dedicated unit on the day of their stroke, a report by the Royal College of Physicians has found.

Stroke treatment in hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was audited by the college’s Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit.

The audit also found that under 10% of patients suitable for thrombolytic therapy received it.

Dr Tony Rudd, chairman of the Intercollegiate Stroke Network, said that services remain patchy and in some parts of the countries the chances of getting good care is low. 

But he added: ‘I am optimistic that now we have started implementing the National Stroke Strategy these inequalities will lessen and we will have stroke care that is the envy of the world.’

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

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