FRANKSTON Hospital has been recognised for its work at the 2021 Australian Stroke Coalition quality stroke service awards.
Peninsula Health was named one of 13 national winners on the night. The organisation says that it measured each hospital “that achieved nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks, including treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, the provision of stroke unit care, and the provision of a care plan at time of discharge from hospital.”
The organisation estimates that more than 27,400 people in Australia will have a stroke for the first time in 2021. It says that 208 people had a first-time stroke in the Dunkley electorate last year. Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said “we know that patients with stroke, who get to hospital quickly and are treated in dedicated stroke units, will have the best chance of survival, recovery and prevention of recurrent stroke.”
“These hospitals are leading the way. It is particularly heartening to see so many regional hospitals achieving an excellence award this year,” she said.
Data custodian for the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry, Professor Dominique Cadilhac, said “it was encouraging to see a greater number of hospitals achieving excellence this year – 13 up from seven in 2020. That reflects an ongoing dedication to achieve the best outcomes for patients with stroke to help them survive and live healthy lives into the future. I congratulate the winning hospitals.”