New pilot project to improve stroke patient treatment

The Welsh Government is piloting a new project aimed at improving emergency response times for stroke patients. The project is aiming to improve the crucial timing needed to treat a stroke patient, thereby lowering the risk of long-term disability.

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Emergency response project launches to speed up stroke-patient treatment

There are over 65,000 people in Wales living with stroke Credit: PA

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.

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