Press Release, 15th April 2013
STROKE UNIT CONCERN
Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil has raised concerns about the time it takes for stroke patients to receive specialist treatment at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
Figures published by the NHS show that in 2011 almost 50% of patients were not admitted to the stroke unit at the IRH on day they arrived at the hospital.
The local MSP has written to the health boss of NHS Greater, Glasgow and Clyde to seek an assurance that action is being taken to push up standards.
Duncan McNeil said:
“Stroke is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe physical disability amongst adults so it’s crucial that when someone is admitted to hospital for a stroke they receive specialist treatment as soon as possible”.
“It’s concerning that almost 50% of patients are not are not being admitted to the stroke unit on the day they are presented at the IRH and I will be writing to NHSGGC to get and assurance that action is being taken to push up standards”