The Stroke Services Workstream is focused on ensuring that improvements are made in the provision of acute and rehabilitation stroke services delivered across the South Island. Stroke is a common disorder with serious consequences for the patient, their family and for communities. In New Zealand stroke remains the single biggest cause of major disability and is the third greatest cause of death.
The workstream’s priorities are informed by the ‘Australian Living Stroke Guidelines’ – a world-first, online, dynamically updating summary of stroke evidence to guide clinical practice and policy development.
Time is a major factor in outcomes for patients who have had a stroke – it is important they receive medical attention quickly to minimise the ongoing effects of a stroke. Therefore, the Stroke Workstream is implementing rapid response guidelines for patients suspected of having a stroke, along with clear pathways to diagnosis and treatment.
The greatest impact on a patient’s health and well-being is from long-term consequences faced when stroke survivors leave the hospital stroke service. Optimal recovery requires the provision of coordinated rehabilitation, including the early stages of acute treatment and in-hospital rehabilitation as well as home and community based rehabilitation and support.
When caring for stroke survivors, balancing realism with hopeful enthusiasm is important, says Andrew Buxton, who shared his personal experience with health professionals at the South Island Stroke Study Day. “Reality is good, but hope is essential.” Andrew spoke alongside his wife Peta about their journey following his stroke, at the annual event held in […]
News 03 Aug 2020 GPs and other health professionals will focus on improving the quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day in November. The event is being held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke services team. Register for […]
News 05 Oct 2020 Health professionals will focus on improving quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day on 10 November 2020. The event is being held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke services team. South Island-wide stroke services […]