Strokes: Mechanical Thrombectomy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what percentage of stroke patients have been provided with mechanical thrombectomy services by region in England in the last year; and what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that mechanical thrombectomy services are provided to all patients who require them.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information on the number and percentage of stroke patients provided with mechanical thrombectomy services is not held in the format requested

Thrombectomy is available in 24 centres in England. The National Health Service is committed to increasing the delivery of mechanical thrombectomy to 10% of patients. The latest data available shows that 2.3% of patients are receiving a thrombectomy following a stroke. In early 2022, NHS England will undertake a quality review with each region to understand and resolve the biggest local barriers to increasing the thrombectomy rate.

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