Stroke services at Mid Essex are celebrating having achieved three years with the highest national grading.
May is national Action on Stroke month, and the team at Broomfield have been setting the standard for stroke treatment in the region since first achieving a SSNAP (Stroke Sential National Audit Programme) A Grade in April 2016.
They are assessed on a number of key performance indicators including how quickly stroke patients are given a CT scan, moved to the unit, and given a series of assessments to judge their physical capabilities.
The Mid Essex team deliver thrombolysis (dissolving of blood clots) 365 days a year and were the first in the East of England to establish a next day 24/7 TIA service. They have also brought symptom to surgery times down to on par with the national average, and have formal access to the Queen’s Hospital thrombectomy pathway.
The Stroke unit recently moved from E125 into a new home at A302 where they have 32 beds, ten with cardiac monitors.
Dr Ramanathan Kirthivasan, STP stroke lead & clinical director of medicine, praised the hard work of everyone in the unit: “The team is fantastic. Each one of them goes the extra mile in delivering the best possible care. The team is dedicated and focussed on what we need to deliver. Jo Clayden, Michelle Bond and the nurses have done so much to build the team from a low ebb.”
Michelle Bond, senior sister on the Stroke unit, said: “It’s all about the patient. Across the ward and thrombolysis team, our therapy teams, our stroke consultants and our doctors – we’re all here for the same reason. It’s great to be an A, but it’s about the level of service we’re giving. We do it to make sure our patients have the best possible journey and outcome.
“Stroke patients are a complex group and have a wide range of needs. A patient could stay here from one to two days or six weeks or more. Their rehabilitation pathway depends on their needs and recovery, which we review patient by patient.
“You can have a stroke at any age. We have young patients here who have different needs to an elderly patient. It’s about setting specific goals and finding out what the patient wants to achieve.
“Jo Clayden really drives the stroke service forward and we definitely wouldn’t be at this level without her. The whole team from Jo to the excellent Dr Kirthivasan to the housekeeper work together and that really makes a difference.”
Medical director Kevin Beaton added: “I was really impressed to see a stroke team with far less resources than many other units delivering a higher level of patient care and performance. This is a clear example of a good team and good people doing excellent work.”