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Specialist NHS stroke unit plans revealed in London

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Stroke patients will be treated in 24-hour nurse-led specialist units under plans to overhaul to services in the NHS in London.

The capital’s stroke strategy, unveiled today by Healthcare for London, plans to redesign hospital stroke care as well as make improvements to stroke prevention rehabilitation services.

All patients who suffer a stroke in London will be taken directly to one of the new units where they will receive immediate access to a CT scan and clot-busting drugs within 30 minutes.

Stroke is the second biggest killer in London, affecting around 11,500 Londoners each year.

A public consultation on the number and location of the units will begin in January.

Dr Chris Streather, Healthcare for London clinical lead for stroke and consultant nephrologist, said: ‘Stroke care in the capital is currently failing many Londoners who are left without expert care or treatment.

‘This is an unacceptable situation. Today’s announcement is a major step in the transformation of stroke services that will start to take shape over the coming year.’

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