Information extracted by Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt
These are maps of hospital admissions for stroke between 2013/14 and 2015/16. The darker the blue, the more hospital admissions.
NICE Guidance on Stroke and transient ischaemic attack in over 16s: diagnosis and initial management
Brain imaging should be performed immediately for people with acute stroke if any of the following apply:
• indications for thrombolysis or early anticoagulation treatment
• on anticoagulant treatment
• a known bleeding tendency
• a depressed level of consciousness (Glasgow Coma Score below 13)
• unexplained progressive or fluctuating symptoms
• papilloedema, neck stiffness or fever
• severe headache at onset of stroke symptoms.
The GDG felt that 'immediately' is defined as 'ideally the next slot and definitely within 1 hour, whichever is sooner', in line with the National Stroke Strategy.
Hospital Admissions from Stroke (taken from KENT Public Health Observatory website http://atlas.kpho.org.uk/)
Palest blue: 126.5-159.1
Next palest: 159-181.1
Mid Blue: 181.2-208.7
Next darkest: 208.8-241.6
Worst affected areas in Thanet: Margate Central, Cliftonville West, Beacon Road, Northwood.
Also high levels over Walmer way and Herne & Bloomfield, which would presumably also be served by QEQM.
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