Strokes affect more than 100,000 people a year in England and stroke care on a dedicated stroke unit has been shown to improve survival and reduce the risk of disability.
Those suffering a stroke should be admitted to a stroke unit for specialised stroke care rather than an assessment unit or general ward.
The study found the proportion of patients admitted to a stroke unit within four hours of arriving at hospital varied across the country, from 35.1% to 80% – a 2.3-fold variation.
Some variation in NHS care is expected due to issues such as deprivation but some is regarded as “unwarranted”.
Hooley and Tuke (htrehab.co.uk):neurological physiotherapy service working in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk