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Understanding Stroke

Apr, 2017
Stroke treatment in the UK remains a postcode lottery, despite the development of groundbreaking new therapies. The Understanding Stroke special report, published in The Times, investigates the worrying variations in stroke care across the country and highlights what should be done to achieve a national care standard. The report covers the need for a renewed National Stroke Strategy, a rise in the number of strokes among young people and the shortfalls of aftercare


Stroke treatment postcode lottery in England

Time is of the essence following a stroke, yet those affected across England face a postcode lottery when it comes to receiving urgent specialist treatment. Whether it’s because of a lack of available specialist doctors or not being able to get a brain scan within the recommended time, these fundamental issues are putting patients’ recovery at risk. This graphic reviews the ten best and worst-performing areas of the country for access to urgent treatment at major hospitals and shows a clear disparity between different regions and cities