Stroke care not up to scratch

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

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.

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