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    Nearly a third of Scottish stroke patients not getting right level of care

    Written by on July 10, 2019

    One in three stroke patients in Scotland aren’t getting the right level of care.

    That’s according to a study by the Scottish Stroke Care Audit, which found just 68% of patients across the country are receiving an “appropriate” level of care.

    That’s below the national target of 80%.

    More than 9,500 Scots were admitted to hospital last year following a stroke.

    Andrea Cail, Director Scotland of the Stroke Association said:

    “We welcome the honest and transparent reflections in this year’s audit report. Some,improvements have been made in the last year, but the bigger picture in this year’s report remains one of significant, unwarranted variations. These are in relation to urgent, high quality, specialist, acute stroke care. We want to see these variations removed.

    Stroke care bundle compliance which affects everyone who has a stroke, is recognised as a key component to achieving significantly better outcomes. However, it remains well short of the 80% standard, with only three of the NHS Boards making significant improvements.

    To dramatically improve the stroke bundle standard target, we believe changes are needed to the way acute stroke services are delivered in Scotland. Whilst the planning of a thrombectomy service is providing a catalyst for much wider system change and improvement, the complexity of this work is not leading to the rapid change that is now required.”