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IOW strokes services rated top in national NHS audit

IOW strokes services rated top in national NHS audit
12 April 2023

IOW stroke services has received an ‘A’ star rating; the highest for stroke care in the region in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP).

The audit is the single source of stroke data for England and looks at all main aspects of stroke care including the quality and performance of services for every stroke patient admitted and/or discharged from hospital. 

The latest independent quarterly report puts St. Mary’s Hospital top out of six neighbouring hospitals who routinely admit the majority of stroke patients for stroke care and places the Island in the top 16% of best performing Trusts in the country.

Jeannine Johnson, Consultant Nurse/Clinical Director for Stroke and Unplanned Care Division at St. Mary’s Hospital said: “Achieving A grade is not only an important quality marker but a fantastic achievement for the whole stroke team who have worked so hard to get here. It demonstrates we are delivering the highest standards of care for our patients.

“Our partnership with Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has been such a benefit to the Island. Working together we have improved all aspects of care for our patients. We make sure everyone gets the very best care and maximise each patient’s potential recovery by ensuring specialist care is provided at the very earliest stage of a stroke.” 

Dr Ugnius Sukys, Consultant Stroke Physician and Clinical Director for Stroke at Portsmouth University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Treating stroke is always about the critical time to save the brain and about immediate actions to restore circulation.

“Like in Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight now has a similar and fast stroke treatment pathway which is proving to be extremely effective. The partnership between Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and the Isle of Wight Stroke team is a wonderful example of a great cooperation between two enthusiastic teams, seeking for ambitious goals and for the best outcomes for our patients.”

St. Mary’s Hospital has a stroke specialist nursing team which operates 7 days a week and is available to assess any suspected stroke within minutes of the person arriving at the Emergency Department. Care is provided in the Acute Stroke Unit which is a high-dependency ward providing specialist services for people who have had a new suspected stroke.

Patients continue to receive specialist care throughout their hospital stay. St. Mary’s Hospital provides state of the art diagnostics and interventions that quickly diagnose and treat stroke to reduce or minimise disability.

The full Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme audit results are available on the SSNAP website.

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