HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Paul Bowen, clin­i­cal chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton PEO­PLE in East­ern Cheshire who have a stroke are now get­ting the best hospi­tal care in Eng­land, ac­cord­ing to lat­est data.

What that means is that East­ern Cheshire pa­tients now re­ceive the high­est stan­dards of stroke care, such as ac­cess to ur­gent brain scan­ning 24/7, which are known to lead to shorter stays in hospi­tal and better out­comes in terms of sur­vival and dis­abil­ity.

Our table-top­ping per­for­mance was revealed by the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians when it pub­lished its na­tional stroke au­dit data for August to Novem­ber 2016 – the lat­est pe­riod for which figures ex­ist.

Back in 2014, East­ern Cheshire was in the bot­tom quar­ter of CCG ar­eas for hospi­tal stroke care but per­for­mance has been trans­formed by an ar­range­ment we put in place in 2015 for pa­tients in the crit­i­cal first four hours of stroke to be taken to a spe­cial­ist stroke cen­tre for ad­vanced treat­ments, in­clud­ing a “clot-bust­ing” ther­apy called throm­bol­y­sis.

The new ser­vice was de­vel­oped with East Cheshire NHS Trust, the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion and Greater Manch­ester Stroke De­liv­ery Net­work. Since last Oc­to­ber, the ser­vice has been repli­cated by 12 other CCGs in and around Greater Manch­ester.

Pa­tients from most of our area are taken to Step­ping Hill Hospi­tal or Sal­ford Royal Hospi­tal. How­ever, pa­tients from Con­gle­ton and Holmes Chapel go to Royal Stoke Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal.

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