How the review of stroke services in Kent will cause a domino effect on E Sussex

Campaigners  in Kent have been battling against proposals to reduce the number of Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in the area, creating fewer units which will supposedly be centres of excellence.  The argument has been that survival rates are greater when a patient is brought to a hospital with a specialist unit.  This policy has already been carried out in London, but Kent is hardly a large urban area.  Much of the argument has focussed on the critical call to hospital time (the time it takes from when an ambulance is called to the patient arriving at  hospital).  With a largely rural area such as Kent campaigners have been arguing that merging units to create specialist centres will place some people at risk of being unable to get to hospital quickly enough.  The final decisions have been made on where these specialist units will be based and so now we can see the effect this wil have on patients in East Sussex. Continue reading “How the review of stroke services in Kent will cause a domino effect on E Sussex”