Stroke unit at Fairfield General Hospital is best performing in the UK

Stroke unit at Fairfield General Hospital is best performing in the UK
14 October 2015

Fairfield General Hospital’s specialist stroke unit is now the best performing Hyper-acute Stroke unit in the country according to Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data gathered by the Royal College of Physicians.

SSNAP Clinical Audit data for April to June 2015 which was published this month shows the stoke unit achieved an ‘A’ rating for nearly all measures with a total team rating of ‘A.’ SSNAP Clinical Audit data is published every quarter.

Staff at the hospital’s Hyper-acute Stroke Centre claim this strong performance coincides with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust launching a seven day stroke service at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury in April 2015 as part of the new Greater Manchester model of stroke care across the City.

Dr Khalil Kawafi, Consultant Physician at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“The reconfiguration and centralisation of stroke services at the Trust has allowed us to simplify the pathway for stroke patients ensuring that everyone in the North East Sector of Greater Manchester gets access to the Hyper-acute Stroke Centre. We are proud of our door-to-needle time of 30 to 35 minutes which is a marker of good quality stroke care.  Stroke centralisation has ensured that we can deliver the necessary staffing for seven day care. Having all stroke patients on one site has also reduced the burden of repatriation and freed up valuable ambulance resources. Close links with our Early Supportive Discharge Team has also meant that stroke patients have a choice of where they receive their ongoing rehabilitation and this has led to an overall reduction is length of stay. 

“This achievement would not have been possible without the support and co-operation of our own Radiology and A&E Departments at Fairfield General Hospital. Now that we have shown we can be one of the best, the challenge is to maintain this standard of care for our stroke patients.”

As part of the new Greater Manchester Stroke Model Fairfield General Hospital provides a dedicated hyper-acute stroke unit together with two 20 bedded dedicated acute/stroke rehabilitation units comprising of a full multi-disciplinary team. The Trust also manages The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Community services.

The SSNAP Clinical Audit results are based on 20,049 patients admitted to hospital and 19,754 patients discharged from hospital between 1st April and 30th June 2015.

The SSNAP Clinical Audit collects data for every stroke patient in the country and measures acute care, rehabilitation and care in the community.  SSNAP is the single source of stroke data and has 100% participation of acute hospitals in England and Wales. The aim is to improve the quality of stroke care by auditing stroke services against evidence based standards.

The latest suite of SSNAP reports are available to download from the Royal College of Physicians SSNAP Results Portal.