Stroke care at Galloway Community Hospital outperforming national standards

Stroke care at the Galloway Community Hospital has come out on top of all other hospitals in Scotland, outperforming the standard relating to stroke unit admission.

The Stranraer hospital has admitted 100 per cent of patients with a stroke to a stroke unit within one day of admission.

These excellent statistics have recently been published by the Stroke Association. The GCH also ranks 12th out of 32 hospitals in meeting stroke care performance standards.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “This is very good given the positive outcomes that being in a stroke unit can bring. The hospital has also done well with the other standards apart from the time to treat eligible patients with aspirin which is sitting at 79 per cent versus 100 per cent. It is hoped there will be continuous improvement in meeting or outperforming the standards in the future.

“The Scottish Stroke Care Audit Report looks at the quality of stroke care against a set of standards. These standards are mainly around getting diagnosed and treated in the right place, by the right people and at the right time.

“Amongst other things, this includes receiving a brain scan quickly to diagnose stroke and getting admitted to a stroke unit – the best place for a stroke survivor to receive care.

“Stroke care performance in Dumfries and Galloway is generally good.”

NHS Dumfries & Galloway Medical Director Angus Cameron said: “We were pleased to get this recognition from the Stroke Association. Whilst the ward in the Galloway Community Hospital is not a purpose built stroke unit, it has the staff with the range of skills that you would find in a stroke unit in a much larger hospital.

“The investment in a CT scanner for the hospital means that we are able to provide rapid assessment of stroke patients, with the images being reviewed in Dumfries by a consultant who then advises on the possibility of using “clot-busting” drugs which are used to treat strokes caused by a clot blocking an artery.

“This use of technology to provide high quality care locally is an example of how the Board wishes treatment to develop. It is important to recognise the quality of care that determined doctors, nurses and allied health professionals provide for patients at the Galloway Community Hospital.“

To find out more about how hospitals are performing in Scotland, go to: http://www.strokeaudit.scot.nhs.uk

To become more involved in stroke and related issues, please contact: Scotland@stroke.org.uk or call: 0131 555 7240.