Stroke performance figures

Data from the Royal Collage of Physicians’ Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) shows eight out of 10 patients reach the stroke unit at The James Cook University Hospital within four hours of arriving at the Middlesbrough site compared to five out of ten nationally.

The average patient arrives on the stroke ward within 90 minutes following initial assessments and routine scans.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was the only service in the country to achieve more than 90% of patients seeing a stroke nurse and stroke therapist within 24 hours and all relevant therapists within 72 hours.

Dr Adrian Bergin (left) and stroke team staff on ward 28 at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

Dr Adrian Bergin (left) and stroke team staff on ward 28 at The James Cook University Hospital

The January to March 2015 data shows the time from arrival in hospital to receiving clot busting drugs is consistently on a par with those achieved in the London hyper acute stroke units.

And the proportion of applicable patients receiving six month reviews is 89% – well above the national average of 21%.

The figures are expected to improve even further in the future following the opening of the specialist stroke rehabilitation unit at Redcar Primary Care Hospital in April 2015 and the launch of the early supported discharge (ESD) team which now enables up to 40% of South Tees patients to receive stroke rehabilitation therapy in their own home.

The SSNAP statistics can be viewed online at www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/ssnap-clinical-audit.