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Watchdog says stroke care has improved

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The organisation of stroke care has improved over the last two years, according to an audit.

For the last ten years the National Sentinel Organisational Audit of Stroke has monitored stroke services across the NHS. Results of this years audit demonstrate particular improvements in acute stoke care and the management of transient ischaemic attack.

Auditors have, however, warned against complacency and state that some areas require greater attention. It recommends that nurse staffing levels are increased in many acute stroke units.

Junior health minister Ann Keen said she was encouraged by the major improvements made in NHS stroke care in the past two years.

‘The report shows that stroke patients can expect to receive tailored and expert treatment on the NHS, with 96% of hospitals in England now offering specialist acute stroke care and 98% having a consultant with specialist knowledge of stroke,’ she said.

The audit was funded by the Healthcare Commission and carried out on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Group by the Royal College of Physician's.

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