Top 10 rating for stroke care

Thursday August 20, 2015

Worthing has been rated as the seventh best hospital in the country for stroke care in the latest Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme, or SSNAP, results.

The impressive achievement follows months of hard work and attention to detail to improve our systems and processes in relation to stroke, all aimed at improving patient care, outcomes and experience.

A score of 78 out of a possible 100 is just three points shy of the top ‘A’ rating, which only two trusts in the entire country currently achieved. St Richard’s, meanwhile, gained a ‘C’ rating but only narrowly missed out on a ‘B’ in coming 35th out of the 157 stroke centres included in the audit.

This means that patients are seen, assessed and treatment started faster and more comprehensively which results in better care.

Both scores are doubly impressive as it is not long ago that neither hospital featured in the top 100.

Elderly Care consultant Dr David Hunt, said: “As Clinical Director for the stroke service I am immensely proud of the teams who have worked together, continually improving the care of our stroke patients. Their hard work and commitment to patient care is clearly demonstrated by these recent results.

“This means that patients are seen, assessed and treatment started faster and more comprehensively which results in better care.”

Stroke care remains an important focus of the Trust’s Quality Strategy, with the use of care bundles currently being promoted to improve the reliability of care we provide further still.

There is also a bigger picture being considered around stroke by the wider healthcare community at present.

Our stroke clinicians and experts are working closely with the Sussex Collaborative, which represents commissioners in the area, to determine the future configeration of stroke care centres of excellence in the county.

Every year more than 900 people in West Sussex are admitted to Western Sussex Hospitals with a stroke.

A review is under way designed to make sure quality standards set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence are met across the board.

The Trust, in collaboration with CCGs, is looking at ways in which we can build upon the excellent progress we have made and develop stroke services that achieve and exceed NICE quality standards for patients right across our region.

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