Stroke care best at Galloway Community Hospital

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, according to 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.