Hospital fails to meet commissioning group’s stroke targets

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West Suffolk Hospital has been rapped for failing to meet targets for its stroke services.

The hospital’s performance has been flagged up in a report by the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, which says a number of contractual targets for stroke services were missed in March.

Failing a stroke target results in direct fines of between £200 to £1,500.

The hospital was fined £16,900 in March by NHS Suffolk. This compares to £15,600 the previous month and £6,600 in January.

The report says:

n 73.9 per cent of patients (17 out of 23) were admitted to an acute stroke unit within four hours of hospital arrival against a contractual target of 90 per cent..

n 85.7 per cent (six out of seven) received an urgent brain scan within 60 minutes against a target of 1o0 per cent.

n 87.5 per cent of patients and carers (seven out of eight) were discharged with a joint health and social care plan with a target of 100 per cent.

Juliette Plunkett, deputy chief contracts officer for the CCG, said following a contract query they arrange a plan ‘to get back on track’.

Andy Graham, interim chief operating officer at the hospital, said a ‘significant increase in the number of patients using the hospital’ has affected the performance of the stroke service.

He said they are taking steps to improve further including investing in an additional consultant and extending the hours of the stroke outreach team so patients get ‘fast access to specialist help’.