22 December 2020 | By Web Team |
The Stroke Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved the highest rating of ‘A’ for their Brilliant Care of stroke patients in Cornwall; an outstanding achievement in the recent Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for the periods of April-June and July-September 2020.
RCHT Stroke Lead Dr Katja Adie said:
“This is the first time Cornwall has achieved an “A” in the SSNAP audit. This amazing achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the team and that of our colleagues across the whole patient pathway.”
Dr Adie went on to personally thank the departments and services that played a part in the team’s success, including ambulance crews, radiographers and radiologists, the ED team and acute stroke nurses, the eldercare consultant and junior doctor team, as well as community nurses, carers and therapists. Dr Adie also thanked the management team for helping to keep beds on the unit dedicated to stroke patient care, as well as commissioners for supporting strategic direction and removing any contractual barriers to collaborative working in the best interests of patients.
“The work we’ve seen from all of our colleagues this year has been so vital”, Dr Adie continues. “They play such an important role in how well we as a team are able to provide care for our patients.”
Adam Linney, Service Manager for Eldercare and Stroke, added:
“During these challenging and turbulent times, it’s so important to take a moment to pause and reflect on how far we have come as a wider team for the good of our patients. The result of each audit ranges from rating the speed of admission to the Acute Stroke Unit (Phoenix), to rapid brain imaging of suspected Stroke patients, through to aftercare involving Stroke Nurse, Therapy and follow up expertise. The team have worked together all year on an action plan following an external peer review and consistently managed to drive down mortality following stroke.”
Adam continues: “Apart from everyone’s hard work, there have been a number of other factors that really made the difference this year. These factors included an increase in the number of HASU beds; commitment to ring fence stroke beds for stroke patients, even in times of system escalation; advice to GPs regarding identifying Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA); as well as increasing Atrial Fibrillation detection and prescribing in primary care. We’ve also seen collaborative working to relocate the TIA clinics into the RCH site, and the ESD team has moved out to be co-located in Bodmin Community Hospital and Camborne Redruth Community Hospital for even closer collaboration with community rehab teams.”
“It’s been a long road but the success of the SSNAP audit is incredibly validating”, Dr Adie concludes.
“Our next challenge is to embed further the working of the acute, community and primary care colleagues to maintain this position and increasing AF detection and treatment, as well as improving timely access to stroke therapy in the community.”