Stroke Services


FAST inventor wins innovation role

A consultant stroke physician who developed the well-known face arm speech test – or FAST – has been elected vice chair of the Academic Health Science Network.

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Stroke unit shutting down early after losing staff

A Kent stroke unit is to close seven months earlier than planned, as the loss of staff is putting patient safety at risk.

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Plans to trial sepsis target could be dropped

Plans to trial a new standalone one-hour sepsis target for emergency departments as part of the NHS standards review pilot could be dropped, HSJ  understands.


Safety watchdog criticises poor hospital stroke care

Tens of thousands of NHS stroke patients could be at risk of suffering fatal blood clots while recovering in hospital because of failures to assess their risk and act on care plans, the NHS has been warned.


Four more healthcare professionals arrested in poisoning investigation

Four more healthcare professionals have been arrested in connection with allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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Regional stroke plans given the green light

Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.


Pilot surgery service to close treatment gap

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust could become one of the first hospitals to offer thrombectomies for stroke patients outside a neuroscience centre as part of a six-month pilot.

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Stroke units could close under new NHS England plans

A planned major reorganisation of stroke services could see the number of acute units in England cut by more than a third, with patients going to more specialised centres, HSJ understands.

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Trust takes action after slump in stroke performance

A hospital trust has increased its number of stroke beds after only 40 per cent of patients were admitted to a specialist unit within four hours.

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Plans to relocate stroke services could face judicial review

Controversial plans to halve the number of hospitals admitting stroke patients in Kent and Medway could face judicial review after mounting concerns from councillors about the proposals.

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NHS England pledges to minimise report delays

NHS England has said it is “working to ensure delays are minimised” around the publication of national clinical audits amid “significant concerns” raised by royal colleges.

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Patients 'at risk' as NHS England delays clinical reports

Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told.

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NHS England accused of 'power grab' over clinical audits

NHS England and its communications team have been accused of an “unprecedented power grab” after imposing strict new rules around the publication of national clinical audit reports.

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Regulators tell county to look again at centralising stroke services

Stroke services in West Sussex could be reorganised – two years after plans were halted because of fears they would impact on other hospitals outside the county.


Plans to close three acute stroke units revealed

Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.

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Thousands of NHS patients put at risk of preventable strokes

Thousands of patients are being put at risk of preventable strokes leading to death and life long disability because of poor management by the NHS, HSJ has been told.

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Exclusive: Stevens sets out 10 year plan priorities

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has identified five major priorities for the 10 year NHS plan due to be unveiled this autumn.

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Outgoing chief exec says STP could move faster

The departing chief executive of a hospital trust has called for an increase in the pace of change in health services in the area.


County leaders plan major stroke service shake-up

Kent and Medway is hoping to become the first area to offer patients thrombectomy outside a neuroscience centre as part of a wider shake-up of stroke services, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England funding restrictions under fire after patient's death

NHS England is facing calls to lift funding restrictions following the death of a 74 year old man from a brain bleed months after he was denied treatment to prevent strokes.