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A new pilot scheme to improve stroke care has been announced today by the Welsh Government at a Conference in Cardiff. Each year in Wales , the Ambulance Service receives more than eleven thousand calls for suspected stroke.
The pilot will monitor what happens from the moment the alarm is raised to seeing a patient safe on a stroke ward. Lynn Courtney reports.
Dr Richard Dewar, a consultant stroke physician for Cwm Taf Health Board says stroke patients need to be treated 'more effectively' and 'more quickly' to ensure patients get the right treatment at the right time.
The Welsh Government is piloting a new project aimed at improving emergency response times for stroke patients. The pilot will measure the response times between the Welsh Ambulance Service and the NHS.
The project is aiming to improve the crucial timing needed to treat a stroke patient, thereby lowering the risk of long-term disability.
Treatment may be performed before the patient gets to hospital. However, performance is currently measured when the patient reaches hospital.
Strokes are one of three main causes of death in Wales with 11,000 people suffering strokes every year.
The Welsh Government says existing response targets will not be scrapped but will continue to be measured alongside the development work.