Three months after stroke services were centralised in Durham,
figures show that more patients are receiving specialist care
within twenty four hours and more patients are being given
life-saving drugs to quickly restore blood-flow to the brain after
Since centralising hyperacute stroke care at University Hospital of
North Durham, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Hyperacute services are one of the most critical components of
stoke care that patients need when they are at their most seriously
Since the services were centralised, patients have been
receiving high quality care which is meeting the national standards
for hyper acute treatment.
Stroke consultant Dr Bernard Esisi says: "When a stroke
strikes what matters is getting the right treatment quickly and in
the right place. We have seen rapid improvements in standards and
the care we are providing over the past three months since we
"Patients from across County Durham and Darlington now have
rapid access to a stroke specialist and they are admitted directly
to the stroke unit without having to be seen in A&E. We are
able to provide access to 'clot-busting' thrombolysis treatment 24
hours a day, seven days a week. And evidence shows that patients
who are treated on a specialist stroke unit with access to
thrombolytic drugs are much more likely to make a full recovery.
Patients can also access TIA (transient ischaemic attack)
"mini-stroke" clinics seven days a week.
"Good progress has been made in the last three months and we
know that people are more likely to survive, make a better recovery
and spend less time in hospital if they are admitted directly to a
high quality stroke unit and receive specialist care from a
Following treatment on the hyperacute unit, patients are
transferred to Bishop Auckland Hospital,
which provides specialist treatment and rehabilitation.
Published: 3 April 2012
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital