Northwick Park tops stroke league table in London
Northwick Park Hospital is the fastest in London when it comes to giving life-saving injections to patients with stroke symptoms, according to the Royal College of Physicians.
Figures for the first three months of this year show that patients at Northwick Park Hospital are given blood-thinning injections (thrombolysis) within 29 minutes of arrival.
This is five minutes faster than the second placed hospital and 29 minutes faster than the hospital in last place.
Northwick Park also has the highest percentage of patients:
• given blood-thinning injections within one hour (90%)
• moved to a stroke bed within four hours of arrival during the day (92%)
• moved to a stroke bed within four hours of arrival out of hours (89%)
The figures were revealed by the stroke improvement national audit programme (SINAP), which is run by the Royal College of Physicians, in the section that compares results for the eight hyper acute stroke units in London.
1. The Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP) is a national clinical audit, run by the Royal College of Physicians. SINAP collects information from hospitals about the care provided to stroke patients in their first three days in hospital.
2. The aim for SINAP is that data will be submitted to the audit for all new stroke admissions across all relevant hospitals and, more importantly, that the information and results from the audit are used to improve care for stroke patients.
3. The audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), is carried out on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party. SINAP is a continuous audit, taking place all year round.