Stroke patients get poor care, says watchdog

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PATIENTS in 1066 Country who have suffered a stroke are not getting the vital care and treatment they need to fully recover, according to a health watchdog.

NHS Hastings and Rother was the second worst performing Primary Care Trust (PCT) in the country in terms of the number of patients spending more than 90 per cent of their time in a specialist hospital stroke unit.

The data was provided by HeyHo Healthcare, an online resource which publishes figures relating to the quality of NHS services.

Here in 1066 Country less than 40 per cent of stroke patients spent 90 per cent of their time in a specialist unit in hospital in 2010-11. A total of 108 people were admitted to hospital following a stroke over the same period.

Only Lincolnshire PCT performed worse, with the rate being 31 per cent.

The Royal College of Physicians says patients admitted to a stroke unit are less likely to die and more likely to leave hospital independent than those who are cared for in general wards.

Jamie Whitburn, spokesman for NHS Hastings and Rother, said: “We are working extremely closely with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to ensure that wherever possible, patients are treated on a specialist stroke unit.

“Over the coming weeks a new admissions policy will be in place, meaning that patients will benefit from specialist stroke care right from the beginning of their stay in hospital.

“East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is also in the process of recruiting to additional stroke consultant positions.”