Since January 2017 stroke services began improving for more than 430,000 East Berkshire residents.
The improvements were the culmination of two years’ planning by the CCG, involving local clinicians, patients, the public and the Stroke Association from the start.
Now, anyone suspected of having a stroke is taken straight to the nearest hyper acute stroke unit by ambulance to receive the best possible care.
Local hyper acute stroke units are sited at:
East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has also commissioned a stroke rehabilitation unit at Wexham Park Hospital for patients who need further rehabilitation in hospital after leaving a hyper acute stroke unit.
These new arrangements, which provide clot-busting treatment (thrombolysis) and 24-hour specialist stroke care, are expected to save lives in the years ahead by improving people’s quality of life and maximising their chances of remaining independent at home after a stroke.