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Stroke clinics 'unable to reach minimum standards of care'

Stroke clinics 'unable to reach minimum standards of care'
23rd June 2009

Outpatient clinics in district general hospitals which operate on a weekly basis are "not able to reach minimum standards for treating patients who have suffered a stroke", it is believed.

The Royal College of Physicians made its comments to the Clinical Medicine journal after discovering that most are unable to reach the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke's recommendation that people suffering a minor stroke receive "urgent evaluation" within a week.

It was discovered that between 2003 and 2006, standards slipped markedly, with the most common delay from the onset of symptoms climbing to three weeks by the final year.

This is worrying news in the health world, as it is generally agreed that if a second stroke is to happen, it will likely follow the first within the first two weeks.

Multiple strokes recently affected a well-respected wrestler last week, with Gerald Brisco - who is associated with the WWE - having three attacks in a row over the course of a few days.

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