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Musgrove Park Hospital supports World Stroke Day campaign - 28 October 2014

Musgrove Park Hospital supports World Stroke Day campaign - 28 October 2014

Raising awareness of the signs of stroke in women is the theme of this year’s World Stroke Day campaign, being run by the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), and supported by Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

The WSO has chosen to specifically target women as part of their campaign for World Stroke Day tomorrow (Wednesday, 29 October, 2014) because women have higher stroke mortality rates than men. They want to ensure that women are aware of the gender-specific risk factors, the signs of a stroke, and when they can be more dangerous.

WSO President Prof. Stephen Davis said: “Women are especially affected by stroke. They have a higher mortality rate than men, and there are gender-specific risk factors such as pregnancy and hormonal therapies. Some stroke subtypes are much more common in women and, the burden of caregiving falls predominantly on women. For these reasons, we are pleased to help raise awareness about the special challenges of stroke in women on World Stroke Day.”

Musgrove is also keen to support raising awareness of the day, as it sees the devastating effects of stroke on a daily basis, on its stroke ward.

Dr Robert Whiting, consultant stroke physician, said: “We know that the most important thing when someone has a stroke is what action those around them take. Doing the FAST test (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) and getting them to a specialist stroke unit such as ours at Musgrove Park Hospital for treatment as soon as possible gives that person the best chance of recovery.

“That is why raising awareness of the impact of stroke on key groups, such as this campaign targeting women, is so important and something we are keen to support.”

Latest figures 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, and the leading hospital in the South West.

The most recent quarterly performance information from SSNAP shows that Musgrove’s performance was the 12th best nationally, out of 160 hospital trusts. Our performance rating, which covers a range of performance indicators from how quickly we see patients, give them specialist treatment and move them on to our dedicated stroke ward, also improved from a level C to level B.

Only two hospitals in the country gained a level A and 11 gained level B.