Kent and Medway Review of Urgent Stroke Services
On Thursday, 14 February the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Kent and Medway Review of Urgent Stroke Services announced that hyper acute stroke units at William Harvey Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital and Maidstone Hospital were given the go-ahead.
Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council, has issued a statement following the announcement:
“I am utterly disappointed at the final decision on the locations of the three hyper acute units. Even though the review of stroke services across Kent and Medway established that Medway Maritime Hospital currently cares for more stroke patients than any other hospital in the county, the Joint Committee of CCGs have decided that a unit will not be provided in Medway.
“I have made my views very clear since the start of this process – lives will be put at risk if stroke patients have to travel long journeys to get to their closest hyper acute unit. I am deeply concerned by this decision, especially as Medway Maritime Hospital is the local hospital for more than half a million people across Medway and Swale. When these changes happen, if any of them have a stroke they and their families will no longer be able to receive care locally. The hospital has already invested heavily in stroke services and provides a wide range of support to help care for patients to improve their outcomes.
“We will be challenging this decision on behalf of all the patients who use and need this fundamental lifesaving service and we will be starting the process for a judicial review.”