Specialised Stroke Management Extend By Barnett Govt

Specialised Stroke Management Extend By Barnett Govt

Western Australia Minister for Health John Day

Extended 24-Hour Stroke Service Key To Recovery

Victor P Taffa

  • Planned expansion of specialised stroke treatment to Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Linked to St. John Ambulance response and other hospitals
  • Up to 200 stroke sufferers expected to benefit each year

Specialised stroke management will be available 24 hours a day seven days a week in Perth, with the Liberal National Government expanding the potentially life-saving service.

Announcing the extension, Health Minister John Day said up to 200 Western Australian stroke victims were expected to benefit each year, greatly enhancing the existing stroke service with a world-leading treatment.

“This will be life-changing for hundreds of people. Stroke is our leading cause of disability and one of WA’s biggest killers, with rapid treatment crucial to recovery.” Mr. Day said.

 

“Establishing a round-the-clock service is the culmination of two years of planning, with hundreds of paramedics trained in early diagnosis and protocols to fast-track patients to expanded stroke treatment services at Sir Charles Gairdner (SCGH) and Fiona Stanley hospitals.”

“Additional specialist trained staff will be employed to extend the existing service, which will help reduce stroke’s devastating impact on Western Australian families and the economy.”

“It will be only the second service of this type in Australia enhancing our existing stroke service, following the expansion of a similar service in Melbourne earlier this year, and is one of just a handful worldwide.” Mr. Day said.

The majority of strokes are caused by a blood clot blocking a major brain artery, starving part of the brain of oxygen. An endovascular intervention, known as a thrombectomy, involves a tiny device inserted through the femoral artery in the thigh and navigated into the brain to remove the clot before it causes further damage, including paralysis and loss of speech.

“So far this year, our highly skilled neuroradiologists, working with our neurology and rehabilitation teams, have conducted more than 60 procedures but that figure is expected to rise sharply with the 24 hour service.” Mr. Day said.

“At present, the service operates at SCGH, with the Fiona Stanley service expected to be open early in the New Year.”

Fact File

  • One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime
  • It is estimated each year more than 5,000 West Australians suffer new or recurrent strokes, up to 100 per week
  • More than 40,000 West Australians are living with the effects of stroke, with about one-third of these of working age
  • In 2012, the total financial costs of stroke in Australia were estimated at $5 Billion
  • Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer