Hospital still fails to meet commissioning group’s stroke service targets

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A clinically led group is taking action after West Suffolk Hospital failed once again to meet targets for its stroke services.

The West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group has imposed fines and written to the hospital’s trust board over a number of contractual targets for stroke services which have not been met in May.

According to a report presented to a meeting of the group’s governing body on Wednesday:

n The number of patients with access to a brain scan was 94.4 per cent (34 out of 36) against a contractual target of 100.

nPatients and carers with a joint health and social care plan on discharge was 97.7 per cent (11 out of 12) with a target of 100.

n Those needing an urgent brain scan getting access within 60 minutes was 69.2 per cent (nine out of 13) against a target of 100.

The total charges levied against the hospital by NHS Suffolk for those targets in April and May stands at £8,900.

The hospital’s stroke service performance was flagged up previously at the commissioning group’s last governing body meeting in June.

Jon Reynolds, interim chief contracts manager, said they were ‘very concerned’ about the issue and are working with the hospital on an action plan.

Jon Green, chief operating officer at the hospital, said their performance on many stroke targets improved from April to May and they are ‘anticipating further progress’ for June.

He said: “We’re continuing to take further steps to improve our delivery of high quality care.” He added that plans include an additional stroke consultant and extending the hours of the stroke outreach team so patients ‘get fast access to specialist help’.