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Strokes: Advisory Services

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many acute trusts have a member of staff responsible for ensuring that patients receive adequate information on the services available to them when they are discharged from hospital following a stroke; (142827)

(2) how many NHS acute trusts have (a) carried out an audit of the information they provide to people leaving hospital following a stroke and (b) have a strategy covering the information which should be provided.

[holding answers 14 June 2007]: The Department does not collect this data centrally.

The Royal College of Physicians’ National Sentinel Audit measures the quality of all stroke units against various criteria. The 2006 audit shows that 99 per cent. of stroke units display literature on stroke, 59 per cent. have patient versions of the national or local guidelines available and 82 per cent. provide information about social services’ local community care arrangements.

The Department is currently developing a national stroke strategy for England which is considering the need for improved information provision.