Stroke patients in north Essex fortunate to have Colchester General Hospital, survey finds

Stroke patients in north Essex fortunate to have Colchester General Hospital, survey finds

Stroke patients in north Essex fortunate to have Colchester General Hospital, survey finds

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THE quality of stroke care provided at Colchester General Hospital is the second best in the country, a survey has found.

The Royal College of Physicians has revealed Colchester Hospital Trust came second only to King’s Hospital in London in a survey of all 175 trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which admit patients for emergency and serious stroke care.

Moira Keating, nurse consultant for stroke services, said: “In my opinion, the entire Colchester stroke team takes ownership of each and every patient and pulls out all the stops to ensure that patients receive the best possible care and achieve their goals.”

The clinical audit was the first of its kind and aims to improve the quality of stroke care.

It looked at brain scanning, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language work, teamwork, discharge standards and more.

Dr Ramachandran Sivakumar, consultant stroke physician at the hospital, said: “Stroke care is very much teamwork and our success is down to a multidisciplinary approach that involves therapy staff, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dietitians, besides doctors and nurses.

“While it shows we are performing extremely strongly, we are certain we can do even better and that is what we are focusing on.”

The unit, on the ground floor of Gainsborough Wing, is served by around 50 staff and treats more than 600 patients a year.

It has its own gymnasium and received a £1.4 million expansion in 2010.

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4:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

jammin says...

So they are sh** for cancer sufferers but great for stroke victims.

Little consolation for the families affected.
So they are sh** for cancer sufferers but great for stroke victims. Little consolation for the families affected. jammin
  • Score: -10

2:25am Wed 5 Mar 14

Boris says...

CGH has serious problems but it is good to read that they do some things right.
CGH has serious problems but it is good to read that they do some things right. Boris
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

LeQueen says...

They couldn't have got any worse. The lack of care I observed on the stroke unit 5 years ago was appalling.
They couldn't have got any worse. The lack of care I observed on the stroke unit 5 years ago was appalling. LeQueen
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

LeQueen wrote:
They couldn't have got any worse. The lack of care I observed on the stroke unit 5 years ago was appalling.
Oh yes

but the have been down to Home base and bought loads of white wash and soap and flannels.
[quote][p][bold]LeQueen[/bold] wrote: They couldn't have got any worse. The lack of care I observed on the stroke unit 5 years ago was appalling.[/p][/quote]Oh yes but the have been down to Home base and bought loads of white wash and soap and flannels. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -5

2:39am Thu 6 Mar 14

popeye2 says...

I don't know how this can be ! My father needed a pace maker that could not be fitted at Colchester General, but the ambulance ride to another hospital allowed to fit pace makers, would have killed him ! Consequently he died !
I don't know how this can be ! My father needed a pace maker that could not be fitted at Colchester General, but the ambulance ride to another hospital allowed to fit pace makers, would have killed him ! Consequently he died ! popeye2
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Hatpeg says...

A survet of stroke victims.
What about the ones who died under the care of Colchester, they couldn't answer a survey.

I can only speak from the experience my Mother had in the stroke ward at Colchester Hospital - it was appalling.
A survet of stroke victims. What about the ones who died under the care of Colchester, they couldn't answer a survey. I can only speak from the experience my Mother had in the stroke ward at Colchester Hospital - it was appalling. Hatpeg
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