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Stroke team win quality improvement award

Tuesday January 15, 2019

The St Richard’s stroke team have received a national award for improvements to their service that were introduced last year with the help of A&E and radiology colleagues.

The “Quality Improvement Champions” award from SSNAP (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme) commends the team for their “outstanding project” which has made stroke thrombolysis available in Chichester 24 hours a day.

Stroke thrombolysis is the delivery of a clot-busting drug which helps to restore blood flow to the brain. The Stroke Association says 10% more patients survive and live independently following thromolysis, but it needs to take place quickly, normally within four and a half hours, to be effective.

Stroke specialist practitioner, Julia Nairne, said: “The award represents the amazing hard work of the Lavant and A&E nursing staff, the stroke consultants and all the stroke team in providing this ongoing service.

“Our project shows that by operating 24 hours we have been able to thrombolyse more eligible stroke patients – our rate more than doubling from an average of 8% to 18% since June 2018.”

The national average for stroke thrombolysis is around 12%. Clinical director for cardiology, respiratory, diabetes and endocrinology, Dr Katrine Hedges, added: “I am really proud to work with such a dedicated team who continually strive to deliver excellent patient care.”

Chief executive Marianne Griffiths congratulated everyone involved in the improvement project, saying: “Well done to Lavant ward, A&E, radiology and all our stroke clinicians – in the past six months you have more than doubled the number of patients receiving the clot-busting treatment.

“Congratulations to everyone involved.”

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