Stroke Patients (NHS Fife)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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There is strong evidence of the benefits to people who have had a stroke of their being admitted to a stroke unit within a day of the event. We monitor, on an annual basis, NHS boards’ performance against that element of the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland clinical standards for stroke.

To deliver further improvements consistently across the country, we are introducing a new health improvement, efficiency, access and treatment—HEAT—target from April. By March 2013, boards should ensure that 90 per cent of all patients admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of stroke get into a stroke unit on the day of admission or the following day. We have been working directly with all boards, including NHS Fife, to support them in developing that aspect of their local delivery plans.