Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Stroke unit ranked among region’s best

00:04 06 December 2012

Staff at Colchester

Staff at Colchester's stroke unit celebrate a successful audit

Archant

HOSPITAL chiefs are celebrating after Colchester’s stroke unit was rated among the best in the country.

The unit, which underwent a £1.4million extension three years ago, was ranked the region’s second top performer behind the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

The Royal College of Physicians, which carried out the audit of stroke units, placed Colchester 13th out of 151 hospital trusts nationally.

Dr Ramachandran Sivakumar, clinical lead for stroke at Colchester Hospital University Trust, said: “Our strong performance is a tribute to the professionalism, talent and dedication of the 50 or so multi-disciplinary staff who work on the stroke unit, including doctors, nurses and therapy staff.

“The audit covers the key aspects of the organisation of stroke services and shows how we compare nationally, which is very favourable.

“However, we are not complacent and we are still working to improve our service in the few areas where others are better than us.”

A trust spokesman added: “Most of the top-performing trusts in the National Stroke Audit are based in London where eight hyper-acute stroke units (HASUs) were created in 2010 to treat all patients in the period immediately after their stroke, following the centralisation of the capital’s stroke services.

“This process has resulted in better clinical outcomes as a consequence of concentrating skilled specialist teams in fewer hospitals.

“The NHS Midlands and East region is currently going through a similar review process, which is likely to result in fewer hospitals delivering the hyper-acute element of stroke care.

“Colchester, as one of the largest stroke units in the east of England, is keen to maintain its HASU service.

“The Trust will hear early next year if it has been successful and, if it is, whether it will also be asked to treat stroke patients from a wider area than north east Essex.”

The boost comes after the East Anglian Daily Times revealed last month the trust was consistently missing vital stroke targets.

The trust – for six consecutive months between April and September – failed to get 90% of stroke patients into specialist units within four hours of being admitted to hospital.

A spokesman for the trust said it was performing well and that the vast majority of hospital trusts in the region were missing the 90% target.

0 comments

Stock image of a fire engine.

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a combine harvester fire in Hoxne.

Suffolk Police PCSOs (stock picture)

Two new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds from next January in a new step for local policing.

The scene as emergency services mounted a rescue at Sea Palling. Photo: Contributed.

A man in his 50s has died and another in his 20s was resuscitated after they got into difficulty in the water at Sea Palling.

Eastbound A14 traffic near the Copdock junction. Image: Keith Mindham

Drivers are currently experiencing long delays after a car crashed into the central reservation on the A14 eastbound at Nacton this evening.

Andy Beckwith

A former Essex man who went missing in Gibraltar has been found “in good health”, police have said.

A motorist involved in a crash on the A14 in which a teenager died will live with the “huge remorse” for the rest of his life, a court has heard.

Brendan Wright. Pic: Essex Police.

A Colchester man has been reported missing to police.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24