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Streamlined stroke services in London save lives and money, study finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4954
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The reorganisation of stroke care in London has saved more than 400 lives since it was implemented in 2010, and costs less per patient than the old arrangements, a new study has found.1

Charles Davie, consultant neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and a member of the research team behind the study, said, “A system directing patients to high quality stroke units in the first 72 hours following stroke saves lives and money.”

London introduced a “hub and spoke” stroke service in 2010, with care in the first 72 hours after stroke concentrated in …

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