Posted by Daniel Harper at 01/03/2019 09:44:24
The Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the Kent and Medway Stroke Review has voted to support the decision by the NHS on 14 February to establish hyper acute stroke units at Maidstone, Darent Valley and William Harvey hospitals.
After discussions on deprivation, health inequalities, access and travel times, rehabilitation services and prevention of stroke, the majority of councillors backed a recommendation that the four councils represented by the Joint HOSC support the 14 February decision. They also agreed that the NHS should review the provision of hyper acute and acute stroke services, should any population changes require it.
Rachel Jones, Director for the Kent and Medway Stroke Review, said: “We are pleased that the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 26 February supported the decision of local GPs to implement hyper acute and acute stroke units in Kent and Medway. Establishing these units will mean stroke patients consistently getting high quality care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We believe we will save an additional life every fortnight as a result.
“The work of the review has been informed throughout by Kent and Medway’s stroke consultants and other stroke specialists, who looked at what is best for their patients, taking into account their experience, and the huge body of evidence set out by the Royal College of Physicians’ 2016 guidelines on stroke.
“While undertaking the stroke review, we considered the health and wellbeing of the entire population who use Kent and Medway stroke services. We believe the rigorous process that we have followed and the decision we made will enable us to best meet the needs of our whole population.
“We will continue to engage with local councillors as our implementation plans develop and as we begin work to establish the new stroke units. We have also committed to working with the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee as our work on improving and standardising stroke rehabilitation services continues. We have made a clear commitment to ensuring that rehabilitation care is available for stroke survivors at home or as close to home as possible.
“I would like to thank the Committee for the highly valuable support and challenge they have provided throughout this process. Their insights, questions and the views they have shared from local people, have helped to ensure our proposals are robust and well thought through.”