‘Stroke care not good enough at Grantham’ says charity

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A CHARITY is calling on Grantham Hospital bosses to improve stroke care after it found the hospital ranked last out of ten in the East Midlands.

The Stroke Association’s comments come following a national audit of hospital stroke care.

Simon Cook, The Stroke Association’s head of operations for the East Midlands, said: “We know that stroke patients are more likely to survive and make a better recovery if they are admitted to a stroke unit and receive specialist care.

“At Grantham and District Hospital no patients were admitted to stroke units within four hours and when they were admitted, only 27 per cent of patients spent at least 90 per cent of their stay on the stroke unit.”

The Stroke Association is calling on managers of the hospital to improve communication between stroke care teams - from the ambulance, through to physiotherapists - and other bodies such as The Stroke Association.

One of the association’s goals is to get brain scans for those who have suffered strokes as soon as possible in order to give them the best possible chance of recovery.

Mr Cook said: “We believe all patients should have a brain scan within 24 hours – it is the only way to determine the type of stroke and whether the person is eligible for clot-busting treatment.

“However, only 50 per cent of patients at Grantham and District Hospital received a scan within this time, offering fewer people the best chance of recovery.”

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman Anna Temple said the trust is working to deliver high quality stroke services into the future across the region.

She added: “Providing safe, quality to care to all of our patients is always a priority in all areas of our hospitals.”

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