Stroke care among the UK best

The acute stroke unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital has been rated among the best in the country according to a national audit carried out by the Royal College of Physicians.

The hospital in Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, scored 8/10 in the annual study which measures how stroke services are organised and accessed, including specialist staffing, the quality of care and the number of staff on duty over seven days.

Run by Barts Health NHS Trust, Whipps Cross University Hospital treated more than 200 patients in 2015/16.

The stroke unit specialises in early intervention, aiming to assess, diagnose and treat people within 30 minutes of their arrival to save lives and reduce disability.

It cares for patients both in the acute phase of their stroke and those who require continued specific hospital based rehabilitation.

The unit has a designated gym with state of the art rehabilitation equipment and a purpose built occupational therapy kitchen to ensure focussed assessments.

Dr Tom Harrison, stroke consultant at Whipps Cross University Hospital said: “This evidences the excellent quality of care that we are able to provide.

"These results are testament to the skill and dedication of our team who work tirelessly to improve patients’ care and experience.

"Stroke is a major cause of death and disability in the UK; we aim to provide the very best care and help as many people as possible to recover and enjoy a good quality of life."

Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning (CCG) and a Chingford GP said: "Providing care to a high standard, I am very pleased Whipps Cross University Hospital has been named among the top in the country for treating stroke patients.

"This strong performance is a credit to everyone’s work as a team there, including the doctors, nurses and therapy staff."

Every year, around 11,000 people in London suffer a stroke – which is about one person every hour.

The national audit results can be viewed at: www.strokeaudit.org