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Stroke services have improved but remain overstretched

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:476
  1. Colleen Shannon
  1. London

    Stroke services in the NHS have improved considerably in recent years, but capacity remains inadequate to meet the needs of all patients, says the National Sentinel Audit of Stroke. The survey has been conducted twice a year since 1998, and this year it included 256 hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The exercise is carried out by the Royal College of Physicians of London and is funded by the Healthcare Commission.

    Eighty percent of hospitals in England now have stroke units, but the number of beds still needs to double to provide specialist care for all patients, the latest audit …

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