NHS La­nark­shire tops stroke care ser­vices

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

NHS La­nark­shire, which cov­ers Ruther­glen, is one of the best per­form­ing health boards for stroke ser­vices.

The fig­ures were re­leased in the Scot­tish Stroke Care Au­dit ( SSCA) Na­tional Re­port. The SSCA mon­i­tors the qual­ity of care of over 13,000 peo­ple seen in hos­pi­tals in Scot­land yearly.

Ka­t­rina Bren­nan, NHS La­nark­shire stroke man­aged clin­i­cal net­work ( MCN) man­ager, said: “The most im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor of the per­for­mance of stroke ser­vices is the per­for­mance against the Stroke Care Bun­dle.

“The Scot­tish Stroke Care Bun­dle mea­sures four com­po­nents of stroke care that ev­ery pa­tient ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal should ex­pect to re­ceive.

“The Scot­tish av­er­age for in­di­vid­u­als re­ceiv­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate bun­dle is 65 per cent while in La­nark­shire we are achiev­ing 83 per cent.

“The La­nark­shire stroke MCN team is very proud of the most re­cent Scot­tish Stroke Care Au­dit re­sults.

“It is a f a nt a s t i c achieve­ment and a tes­ti­mony to the hard work of all the staff in­volved which ul­ti­mately ben­e­fits pa­tients on the stroke care path­way. How­ever there is still more work to be done as we are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and mea­sur­ing the qual­ity of care de­liv­ered to en­sure that pa­tients re­ceive timely and ap­pro­pri­ate care.”

Each health board set its own tar­get for im­prove­ment to be achieved by end of March 2015, cur­rently only La­nark­shire, Western Isles, Shet­land and Greater Glas­gow and Clyde are ex­ceed­ing their tar­get.

Stroke is a key health is­sue for the peo­ple of Scot­land. It is the third most com­mon cause of death and the most com­mon cause of se­vere phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity among Scot­tish adults. The re­port also shows that La­nark­shire has a younger stroke pop­u­la­tion.

Dr Mark Bar­ber, NHS La­nark­shire stroke MCN clin­i­cal lead, said: “Over 1000 peo­ple in La­nark­shire have a stroke ev­ery year and, con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, a stroke is not some­thing that only hap­pens to older peo­ple as about a quar­ter oc­cur in the un­der 65s.

“It is es­sen­tial peo­ple recog­nise a stroke when it’s hap­pen­ing and take prompt ac­tion. De­lay in­creases the risk of death or ma­jor long- term dis­abil­i­ties, such as paral­y­sis and com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lems. It is vi­tal that the symp­toms are not just ig­nored.”

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