Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit - simply the best
Figures released this month show that, between April and June 2015, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) was the best performing Thrombolysis stroke service in the country, providing life saving treatment to patients in the fastest time. The unit performs in in the top ten across the country for the service annually.
Thrombolysis is administered by injection suitable stroke patients and is sometimes called “clot busting”. The team, based a tthe Royal Berkshire Hospital, averaged 25 minutes for patients being seen and treated "door to needle", that is from being admitted to A&E, assessed and treated. The fastest time recorded is just under 10 minutes.
Dr Andre Van Wyk, Stroke Consultant, says: "These figures are impressive. The quicker Thrombolysis is administered, the better the outcome for patients.
"The success of this is due to the experience of the team and the effort put in by our excellent team, including our Consultants and Thrombolysis nurses and their enthusiasm and energy to delivery a safe service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"But the speed of the treatment and the impressive outcomes for our patients is also down to how we work with our partners, particularly the South Central Ambulance Service. All round, it's a great team."