Following a Surrey-wide stroke review by commissioners last year, plans are being developed to improve stroke services across the county, working closely with clinicians, patients and groups such as the Stroke Association.
The current thinking, based on specialist clinical advice, is to have three hyper-acute (specialist) stroke units across the county, with St Peter’s Hospital proposed as one of the locations. Concentrating the most specialist care and treatment in one larger unit is proven to improve outcomes, saves lives and reduces longer-term complications from stroke. The proposed model would also mean shorter inpatient rehabilitation, getting people home more quickly - where appropriate - again something we know improves longer-term outcomes for patients. Proposed plans are subject to full formal public consultation and are likely to commence in February 2017 for 12 weeks.