Stroke service maintains ‘A’ Grade after expansion

Hospital picture with link to HansardI was very pleased today to read that the Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital has been awarded an A rating by the Royal College of Physicians following its most recent inspection.

The Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital offers treatment and support for more than 1,300 actual and suspected stroke patients every year. Every quarter the Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) team assesses and scores the performance of all aspects of stroke services in every acute hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – following the pathways for patients through recovery and rehabilitation, and culminating in an overall A – E rating. It is the single source of stroke data across the country and is used as a performance measure by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The Stroke Unit at Wycombe Hospital managed to maintain their A rating despite their recent significant expansion and reconfiguration to becoming the leading treatment centre for strokes in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire.

The inspection, carried out by SSNAP, puts the unit in the top 16 per cent of stroke units nationally. This is the seventh time the team has achieved this feat. I applaud the high calibre and commitment of the team. They are a credit to Wycombe Hospital

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