Top grad­ing for spe­cial­ist stroke care team

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

SPE­CIALISED stroke ser­vices at Le­ices­ter’s Hos­pi­tals have been praised by of­fi­cial watch­dogs.

Dur­ing a re­view as part of the Sen­tinel Stroke Na­tional Au­dit Pro­gramme (SSNAP), the acute stroke mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team re­ceived an ‘A’ grade for the care pro­vided to pa­tients at Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary between April and July.

Based on wards 25 and 26 at the LRI, the team is made up of con­sul­tants, ju­nior doc­tors, rapid-re­sponse and ward-based nurses, phys­io­ther­a­pists, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and speech and lan­guage ther­a­pists, all sup­ported by a small data team.

All hos­pi­tals in the UK (ex­cept Scot­land) must sub­mit a full set of in­for­ma­tion for each stroke pa­tient who has been ad­mit­ted out­lin­ing the qual­ity of care re­ceived.

This in­cludes de­tails such as the length of time between ar­riv­ing at the emer­gency depart­ment and see­ing a stroke spe­cial­ist, wait­ing time for a brain scan, trans­fer time to the stroke unit and ad­min­is­tra­tion of clot-bust­ing treat­ment given and how quickly.

Other fac­tors, such as mood as­sess­ment, phys­io­ther­apy and carer in­volve­ment in dis­charge plan­ning is also in­cluded.

A huge amount of data is sub­mit­ted for the au­dit for around 300 Uni- ver­sity Hos­pi­tals of Le­ices­ter pa­tients ev­ery four months.

Dr David Eve­son, con­sul­tant in stroke medicine at LRI, said: “Not that long ago our na­tional au­dit grade was a D. Over the last 24 months or so we have put pro­cesses in place to im­prove all these met­rics, grad­u­ally im­prov­ing to a C, then B, again a B and now an A.

“Ev­ery­one has worked hard to im­prove and stream­line their as­sess­ment pro­cesses.

“We have em­ployed ad­di­tional re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion sup­port work­ers and ev­ery­one has looked their path­ways and what they can do dif­fer­ently. It’s a good story of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.”

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