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Stroke patients' treatment boost

PUBLISHED: 16:10 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 23 August 2010

STROKE patients are to be given 24 hour access to potentially life-saving treatment. From now on sufferers of stroke will have access to clot-busting thrombolysis treatment across the four main hospitals in Darenth Valley Hospital, Medway Maritime Hospit

STROKE patients are to be given 24 hour access to potentially life-saving treatment.

From now on sufferers of stroke will have access to clot-busting thrombolysis treatment across the four main hospitals in Darenth Valley Hospital, Medway Maritime Hospital, Maidstone Hospital and Kent and Sussex Hospital.

All four will operate a rota to ensure that the treatment is available when patients need it.

Dr Chris Thom is a Consultant at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals Trust, and Clinical Lead of the Kent and Medway Stroke Network.

He said: "It is vitally important that anyone suffering a stroke can be diagnosed and treated quickly, as the sooner we can stop damage to the brain taking place, the better the patient will recover.

"The introduction of 24-hour thrombolysis means that we can save more lives and help more people make better recoveries.

"Equally, giving more patients brain scans early on than the national average means we have an excellent chance of giving patients a better recovery or even saving their life."

Figures show that 74 per cent of stroke patients across West Kent now receive a brain scan within 24 hours of their stroke, well ahead of the national average of 59 per cent.

This can show the extent and type of stroke suffered and means doctors can rapidly determine the best treatment.

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