Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been named as the best in the region for effective diagnosis of stroke and speed of admission to its unit.
The accolade came in the 2014 National Stroke Audit, which placed the QEH seventh best in the country out of 183 hospital trusts.
The audit measures whether a hospital has met national targets set for the time between a patient suffering a stroke to being diagnosed and admitted to a dedicated stroke unit for treatment.
The standard hospitals are expected to meet is set at four hours.
The sooner treatment is received, the less there is of risk of long-lasting or even permanent damaged.
Dr Raj Shekhar, lead stroke consultant, at the QEH, said: “If patients are being seen earlier it means we are finding symptoms sooner and able to refer them for the best treatment immediately which is important because some treatments are only effective if given within a short period of time after a stroke strikes.
“The severity of a stroke could mean a patient stays in hospital.
“By providing the most efficient care also means the patient has the best chance of recovery and a shortened stay in hospital. In turn this frees up beds and lessens the strain on the rest of the hospital.
“The trust is very grateful to the Friends of the Stroke Unit who have supported us over the years and funded specialist equipment and the renovation of a day room on the ward for patients, their family and friends to enjoy.
“Such donations are a great help to the trust’s dedicated rehabilitation team which offers stroke patients occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.”
Catherine Morgan, director of nursing at the QEH, said: “It is credit to everyone’s commitment and work as a team that patients receive the best treatment so quickly.
“But also after a stroke, from therapists to social care staff working together that we reduce the risk of re-admission for stroke related problems too.
“With the right support patients recover and maintain their independence and quality of life.”
Places at this summer’s Beat The Tide, a 10k beach run and 5k family fun run on Hunstanton beach in June to raise money for the Stroke Association and the Friends of the Stroke Unit, are now open. Visit: http://www.stroke.org.uk/event/beat-tide-hunstanton-beach-run-2015