Strokes: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 24 NHS neuroscience centres have been commissioned to perform mechanical thrombectomy from April 2018.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England expects the majority of the 24 centres to offer thrombectomy procedures, subject to meeting key clinical and staffing requirements. A small number of these centres may work within a networked model with other centres to collectively provide full 24/7 cover within a particular geography. NHS England will be deciding during 2018/19, based on the initial roll out and on the basis of updated training and recruitment plans, whether any additional centres may be required to support the expanding service in the longer term.

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