Stroke care not up to scratch
NORTH Wales is a poor place to have a stroke, according to a health watchdog.
The North Wales Community Health Council (CHC) is calling for better all-round care for stroke patients following a study earlier this year which revealed a poor level of acute stroke care in all three general hospitals in the region, particularly in the vital first few hours.
The Royal College of Physicians’ Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme aims to improve the standard of care and is regarded as a reliable guide to standards throughout the country.
The issue was reviewed at a meeting on Tuesday between the Boards of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Community Health Council.
“When one adds in the disturbingly long durations between 999 call and hospital handover North Wales is a poor place to have a stroke,” says the CHC report.