Care of stroke patients is in UK’s top 25pc

The  Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust acute stroke care team, from the left, back researcher Christopher Button, doctors Pratap Rana and Irfan Shakir, and front from the left, Jackie Wilkinson, Geisla Patrick, healthcare assistant Carol Johnson and staff nurse Amy Pounder
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust acute stroke care team, from the left, back researcher Christopher Button, doctors Pratap Rana and Irfan Shakir, and front from the left, Jackie Wilkinson, Geisla Patrick, healthcare assistant Carol Johnson and staff nurse Amy Pounder
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STROKE care at Calderdale Royal Hospital is among the best in the country, according to a new report.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has rated the Calderdale and Huddsersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) as the best for stroke care in West Yorkshire and in the top 25 per cent of the UK.

They studied a range of key areas including how long a patient spent on a specialised stroke care unit, how quickly they were admitted there and how many were admitted to the unit within fur hours.

Storke patients are more likely to survive and make a better recovery if they are admitted to a stroke unit for specialist care.

The trust’s acute stroke care unit for patients in Halifax and Huddersfield is based on ward 6D at Calderdale Royal Hospital but both hospitals offer follow-up rehabilitation.

Dr Irfan Shakir, in charge of stroke care at the trust, said: “These results show the best care for patients with stroke symptoms is available at this trust. Our team is a highly dedicated, professional and caring, with the focus of getting the best care – and so the best results – for our patients.

“We hope many of our patients can leave us and go on to live happy and healthy lives after the care they received here.”

It is RCP’s seventh annual survey of key stroke indicators aimed at improving hospital care to boost recovery and survival rates after a stroke.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Turst performed the best and York Hospitals NHS Foundation trust performed the worst.

Julia MacLeod, The Stroke Association’s head of operations for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “This audit highlights that hospitals in Yorkshire and Humber have made tremendous improvements in stroke care over the last few years, especially at the acute stage.”