Greater Manchester hospital stroke care now the best in the country!
Following changes to our hospital stroke services in March 2015 to ensure more patients went to a specialist stroke centre, the region has seen a big improvement in the quality of stroke care it provides to patients in its 9 stroke units.
A recent review of this care found:
- We now have the highest scoring hospital stroke pathway in the country – better than London which is heralded as the best, and hugely improved from before we changed services
- Fairfield General Hospital returned to being the highest rated stroke unit (out of 223) in the country, with Salford Royal climbing to 7th place and Trafford General 9th – 3 of our 9 stroke units are now in the top 10 in the country
- Patients in 9 of our 13 boroughs get ‘A’ rated care in hospital, with the remainder a ‘B’ – we hope every area will be an ‘A’ soon
- Nearly 85% of our stroke patients are now seen at a specialist stroke centre following the closure of Macclesfield’s stroke unit in September – the remaining 15% do not need to go to a specialist stroke centre and are treated locally
- Our rate of death from stroke, the average time spent in hospital and the rate of readmission to hospital after going home has remained the same for the last 6 months following improvements last year, and is in line with the national average
- We continue to have delays in sending some stroke patients back to their local hospitals although this has improved in the last year