The QEH stroke unit team.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has been named as the best in the region for stroke diagnosis and admission to a dedicated unit.

The findings, in the 2014 National Stroke Audit, have also placed the hospital’s trust as the seventh best in the country out of 183 hospital trusts.

The audit looked at national targets of four hours for the time between a patient suffering a stroke to being diagnosed and admitted to a dedicated stroke unit for treatment.

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can lessen the risk of long-term or permanent damage to a stroke patient.

Dr Raj Shekhar, lead stroke consultant at the QEH, said: “If patients are being seen earlier it means we are finding symptoms sooner and able to refer them for the best treatment immediately, which is important because some treatments are only effective if given within a short period of time after a stroke strikes.

“The severity of a stroke could mean a patient stays in hospital. By providing the most efficient care also means the patient has the best chance of recovery and a shortened stay in hospital.

“The trust is very grateful to the Friends of the Stroke Unit at the hospital who have supported us over the years and funded specialist equipment and the renovation of a day room for patients, their family and friends to enjoy.

“Such donations are a great help to the trust’s dedicated rehabilitation team, which offers stroke patients occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.”

Catherine Morgan, director of nursing, praised everyone for their commitment and also the work of the after-care team of therapists and social care staff.