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Stroke care at Musgrove Park Hospital amongst top 5% in UK - 28 May 2014

Stroke care at Musgrove Park Hospital amongst top 5% in UK - 28 May 2014

Latest data published by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit programme (SSNAP) has shown that Musgrove Park Hospital is one of the best performing hospitals in the country for providing stroke care.

The most recent quarterly performance information from SSNAP shows that Musgrove Park Hospital’s performance was amongst the top 5% of the 160 stroke units in the UK who are routinely admitting stroke patients.  

It also shows that for the past six months Musgrove’s overall performance in SSNAP has been the highest across the South-West region, based on the overall SSNAP score.

SSNAP provides information to inform the public about how well their local hospital is performing at diagnosing and treating stroke patients.

It looks at the whole hospital stroke pathway, and generates an overall SSNAP score from performance in 10 categories of care, including:

  • How quickly a patient received a brain scan;
  • How quickly the patient arrived on the stroke unit;
  • How long patients were cared for on the stroke unit;
  • Whether they received clot-busting treatment and how quickly this was given;
  • Whether they needed therapy, if that therapy was provided, and for how long.

Welcoming the news, Chief Executive, Jo Cubbon, said: “These results are excellent news for all patients in Somerset who are cared for by the stroke team at Musgrove. We know that if you suffer from a stroke, patients need to know they are receiving the very best care from the very best staff and I am confident we have both.”

Dr Rob Whiting, consultant stroke specialist at Musgrove Park Hospital, said: “SSNAP gives us the opportunity to benchmark our own performance against all other stroke services in the UK. It is great to see the latest data shows our performance to be amongst the best stroke units in the UK.

“Nevertheless, we know that there are still areas in which we can improve further, and we will continue to work hard to deliver high standards of stroke care for our patients.”

Time is crucial for people who have suffered a stroke and therefore it is important that people in Somerset know that no matter what time of day they might have a stroke, they have access to the best possible facilities and the very best staff to provide them with the greatest chance of recovery.