2 November 2016

ESHT stroke services highlighted as one of the best

Our stroke services have been highlighted for being one of the best in the country, in a Stroke Association report.

The report compared stroke services across the country in key performance areas. It rated our service as the quickest for scanning suspected stroke patients within one hour (81%) and fourth best in the country for scanning within 12 hours (98.2%). The report also showed our services as the fifth best in the country for admitting patients to a stroke unit within four hours (80.5%).


The most recent Trust data shows the speed of scanning suspected stroke patients has improved further with 84.5% between April to July 2016 scanned within one hour and 99.3% of patients scanned within 12 hours. We are now admitting 83.6% of stroke patients to a stroke unit within four hours.

Dr Nikhil Patel, Lead for Cardiovascular Medicine, said: “This report is further evidence that our consolidated stroke service is helping to save and improve more lives. We will continue to strive to improve the quality of the stroke service and outcomes for our patients.”

Three years ago stroke services across East Sussex consolidated to provide both hyper acute and acute stroke care on one site at Eastbourne DGH. Dr Conrad and fellow Physicians work alongside a dedicated specialist nursing team with support from specialist stroke physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and our diagnostic services. Stroke rehabilitation services are provided at the Irvine Unit at Bexhill Hospital with the support of the community stroke teams.