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Celebration for 10 years of quality stroke care

Wagga Wagga’s Acute Stroke Unit, one of the highest performing stroke units in NSW, will celebrate its 10th birthday on Wednesday 14 February.

The purpose-built five-bed unit in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH) provides acute stroke care for patients across Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) and is a critical part of education and training for medical, nursing and allied health staff in the region.

 

In the 2017 Stroke Foundation audit of 44 NSW hospital services, WWBH was ranked the best in the State for access to stroke unit care, early rehabilitation access and patient education relating to stroke.

 

“It has the second highest ranking in the State for access to clot busting therapies for stroke within 4.5 hours of onset, but many of our regional patients still delay calling an ambulance when stroke occurs, which limits access to this important therapy,” Stroke Unit Director Dr Martin Jude said.

 

Dr Jude said Wagga Wagga outperforms the majority of NSW Stroke services, including city metropolitan hospitals, in 20 of 22 key performance indicators of stroke care.

 

There have been over 3,000 admissions to the unit since opening, nearly 100 patients treated with clot busting medications, and has achieved one of the lowest mortality rates in the State for stroke.

 

“Many of the original staff of the Unit continue to work and train new clinicians, which provides ever-increasing expertise in management for the region,” Dr Jude said.

 

Dr Jude said access to Stroke Unit care is the most powerful intervention in acute stroke management, leading to reduced death and disability from stroke, which is the second largest cause of death in adults in Australia.

 

MLHD Chief Executive Jill Ludford congratulated Dr Jude and the Acute Stroke Unit team for their outstanding work in providing timely access to world-class care to stroke patients across the region.

 

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