NHS Thurrock CCG is delighted at recent reports which list Basildon University Hospital’s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit as among the best performing in the East of England, validating the recent investment in the hospital’s stroke unit by both Thurrock CCG and Basildon and Brentwood CCG.
There is no doubt that the Â£1 million investment for stroke services at Basildon hospital made by the CCGs earlier this year has resulted in better outcomes for patients. According to the Stroke Service National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data, BTUH is now the second best performing hospital in the East of England, behind Colchester, when it comes to thromobolysing patients, a clot busting drug which if administered rapidly, can improve – and save – lives.
The additional investment has also allowed the hospital to offer access to consultants, nurses and therapists – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The hospital has come a long way since spring 2013 when Thurrock CCG, along with Basildon and Brentwood CCG rejected a proposal to move Hyper Acute Stroke Services out of Basildon Hospital for a number of reasons, including the increased pressure on ambulance services as well as protests from the local public and key interest groups.
Dr Anand Deshpande, Chair of Thurrock CCG, said: “As a CCG, we listened to the people of Thurrock and supported Basildon Hospitals stroke service not just with words of support but investment and they have delivered with a stroke service that is showing markedly improved outcomes. We will continue to work with the hospital and Basildon and Brentwood CCG to ensure more improvements in the service and better outcomes for stroke patients.”