13th April 2015 – Stroke services to be improved
Health bosses across Bradford and Airedale are working together to improve care and future quality of life for stroke patients in the district.
The local partnership, of hospital providers and GP commissioners, is looking into the best way to provide consistent high quality and safe stroke services for patients. This includes access to emergency care 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and specialist rehabilitation support for patients when they are discharged from hospital.
Representatives from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Groups are examining current stroke services across the patch.
Stacey Hunter, director of operations at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says: “There is variation in the quality and provision of stroke services across Bradford and Airedale, as there is across West Yorkshire as a whole, which is why we are reviewing stroke care. It‘s vital that we provide services that not only support our patients’ needs but also give them the best possible outcomes. Having a stroke is life changing not only for patients but also for their families and our main priority is improving the quality of care to support them.”
Challenges that will be examined by the partners include: a national shortage of stroke consultants; seven day access to services such as scans and specialist treatment; nursing and therapy support; and improved discharge and transfer between services.
Clinical teams are leading work on service plan options to address the challenges. This work is expected to conclude in three months and will be shared with stroke users, patients and the local community. Any plans will be assured by the regional stroke clinical network.