King’s Lynn hospital’s stroke team get A-rating

Doctors, nurses and therapists on West Raynham Ward, who have achieved the A rating.
Doctors, nurses and therapists on West Raynham Ward, who have achieved the A rating.

Stroke care at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is now listed in the top 20 per cent of services in the country.

West Raynham Ward has achieved an A-rating from the Royal College of Physicians – the highest rating a stroke unit can receive. Over the last 14 months, the hospital’s stroke unit has had a meteoric rise in improvement, having gone from the lowest rating, an E, to now being listed with the best in the country.

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme has assessed the hospital on several key areas, including the time taken to admit patients onto the unit, assessments and the administration of clot-busting drugs.

Stroke Consultant Dr Raj Shekhar and Matron Milena Krasinska-Chavez are delighted with the unit’s high ratings and have put the achievement down to the work of the ward’s dedicated team.

Dr Shekhar, the hospital’s associate medical director, said: “This is fantastic news for West Norfolk patients who are able to receive one of the most comprehensive stroke services, including stroke prevention as well as hyper acute stroke services. This achievement is a reflection of the cohesive team working of stroke unit with the paramedics, A&E and Radiology staff.”

“This achievement is a reflection of the cohesive team work and the leadership of the stroke matron.”