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Stroke deaths here have fallen.

Stroke deaths here have fallen.

7:05am 15th November 2010

Stroke deaths decrease

Improvements in stroke care across Yorkshire and the Humber region have resulted in hundreds of lives being saved.

Last year, in Yorkshire and the Humber region, 759 fewer people died from stroke compared with the year before, new figures have revealed.

Of the 759, 177 are men and 582 women. Stroke is the currently the third biggest killer in England and Wales, and is the biggest cause of disability.

Every Primary Care Trust in the region has contributed to the decrease by working with NHS Yorkshire and the Humber to put systems in place which ensure they reach the highest standards possible when it comes to stroke care.

The amount of time that patients are spending on a specialist stroke ward has increased since last year. NHS Yorkshire and the Humber is on track to hit the target of 80 percent of patients spending 90 percent of their recovery time on a specialist stroke ward. 67 percent of patients spent 90 percent of their recovery time on a specialist stroke ward from April to June this year, compared with 53 percent during the same period last year.

Chris Welsh, Medical Director from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

"This is fantastic news we are delighted that this coordinated response has had such dramatic effect so early.

"Every area of Yorkshire and the Humber region now has a stroke service which meets our doctors' high standards, including patients receiving the best care, quickly and safely. Patients are also spending more time on a dedicated stroke ward.

"People who suffer a  mini strokes or to give them their full name transient ischaemic attack (TIA) often go on to suffer a full stroke in the future, so making sure we manage mini strokes effectively is the key.
 
"The work does not stop here however, we are not resting on our laurels and we plan to drive down the number of people dying of stroke as well as the number of people suffering stroke in the first place even further."

Improvements to stroke care include:

"    Direct access to stroke units across the region- people now go straight to a stroke ward after they arrival at hospital where they receive immediate expert care.
"    Increased number of clinics for people who have suffered an ischaemic attack (TIA), otherwise known as a mini stroke.
"    The FAST campaign has improve public awareness of stroke and the symptoms of stroke.
"    Networks of top stroke clinicians are working across the region to help stroke units implement improved standards of care.

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