3rd October 2017

Local MP visits Stroke Unit

Local MP, Stephen Lloyd has visited the Stroke Unit at Eastbourne DGH, which provides hyper acute and acute stroke services for East Sussex, to meet staff and see the work of the unit.

Stephen Lloyd MP with stroke team and Specialist Stroke Nurses Fiona Kirrage (2nd left) and Nicki Carzana (4th left)

Stephen Lloyd MP with stroke team and Specialist Stroke Nurses Fiona Kirrage (2nd left) and Nicki Carzana (4th left)

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP, Stephen Lloyd said: “I was very impressed with my visit to the DGH Stroke Unit, for two key reasons; the significant improvements in key outcomes for patients and the dedication of the staff. Like many of us locally, I’ve a number of friends who have good cause to thank our Stroke Unit.”

Nicki Carzana Specialist Stroke Nurse said: “We were delighted to show Stephen Lloyd our unit and introduce him to many of the dedicated, hard-working team that we have.”

Fiona Kirrage Specialist Stroke Nurse said: “The stroke service we provide local patients has been recognised nationally as being one of the best.”

In the latest published data from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (Dec 2016 – March 2017) the Stroke Unit was above the national average on the following key indicators:

  • Proportion of patients scanned within 1 hour of arrival to hospital 86.2% compared with the national average of 52.5%
  • Proportion of patients assessed by a Stroke Specialist Nurse within 24 hours is 95.2% compared with the national average of 89.4%
  • Proportion of patients who are given a swallow screen with 4 hours of arrival at hospital 94.1% compared with the national average of 73.5%
  • Proportion of patients directly admitted to the Stroke Unit within 4 hours of arrival to hospital 85.3 compared with national average of 54.8%
  • Proportion of patients who spent at least 90% of their stay on the Stroke unit 97.4% compared with the national average of 83.8%