PERFORMANCE: The FT expects to improve its stroke services “imminently” after a lengthy period of below par performance, according to board papers.

Board documents from February note that former non-executive director Cathy Smith – she stepped down earlier this month– asked when an improvement in stroke performance would be seen.

The papers state that trust director of nursing Mary Dunne replied that an “improvement was expected imminently”.

They said: “A stroke coordinator was now based in the emergency department, beds were ring fenced each day for stroke patients, and a new ward manager had been appointed to ward F14 (stroke rehab).

“The director of nursing added that the clinical matron and head of nursing for the area had clear lines of accountability and had been required to develop an action plan on how performance would be improved after four months of below expected performance.”

The associate director and the lead consultant for stroke would be asked to brief the board on stroke performance if there had been no improvement in six months’ time, the papers warned.