TWICE the recognition for stroke team as they scoop second award in two months
20 November 2013
An "outstanding example of high quality service" is how the judges described Southend University Hospital’s already highly-regarded stroke team after it earned another national award – the second in as many months.
The team won at the finals of the prestigious Health Service
Journal 2013 awards on Tuesday night (19 Nov), which had attracted
more than 1000 entries from all over the country.
The multidisciplinary stroke team won in the 'secondary care
service redesign' category for its high-quality rapid access TIA
(transient ischaemic attack, or mini stroke) service.
Clinicians working at Southend recognised the significant risk
that exists of TIAs being the warning sign of a major stroke and
were keen to ensure patients had fast access to appropriate
High-risk patients need to be assessed by a specialist and
treated within 24 hours while low-risk patients should be seen
within a week.
Working with GPs, commissioners and other community colleagues,
stroke specialist, radiologists and vascular surgeons at the
hospital undertook a major overhaul of the TIA clinic.
Steps taken include:
- A social marketing project to educate the public to signs of
- Introduction of a unique online electronic referral system
- 24-hours, seven days a week access to the stroke team
- Introduction of a one-stop clinic where patients receive an
ECG, blood analysis and MRI brain imaging
- Stroke team's newly-acquired skills to perform carotid
- New medication for rapid anticoagulation
- Access to urgent surgical carotid intervention
Recent figures show that the stroke team now achieve 100% both
for meeting the seven-day target for low-risk patients and treating
high-risk patients within 24 hours of referral, and is recognised
one of the top three units in the country for its performance.
The news comes just a month after the team took the trophy for
'best use of IT to support clinical treatment and care' at the
finals of the national E-Health Insiderawards in
Lead stroke consultant Dr Paul Guyler said: "We are delighted to
have to won again as this another example of the expertise and
innovation we have developed in the team to improve stroke services
"It is extremely gratifying that everyone's hard work and
dedication has been recognised nationally. But, the real reward for
us is the fact that patients are receiving immediate treatment to
reduce their chances having a life-changing stroke."
Hospital chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell, added: "We are
hugely proud of our stroke services and the team working which has
brought tremendous benefits for patients using these services and
their families, is something to really celebrate.
"I know how much excellent work goes on around the organisation
day in, day out - but it is so good to have it recognised more