TEAM WORK: Doctors, nurses and therapists on West Raynham ward

Stroke care at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been rated in the top 20 per cent of services in the country.

West Raynham ward has achieved an A rating from the Royal College of Physicians – the highest a stroke unit can receive.

Over the last 14 months, the unit has seen major improvements and has gone from the lowest rating to one of the best.

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme assessed the hospital on key areas, including time taken to admit patients, assessments and the administration of clot-busting drugs.

Stroke consultant Dr Raj Shekhar and matron Milena Krasinska-Chavez praised the dedicated team.

Dr Shekhar said: “This is fantastic news for West Norfolk patients who are able to receive one of the most comprehensive stroke services, including stroke prevention as well as hyper acute stroke services. This achievement is a reflection of the cohesive team working of the stroke unit with the paramedics, A&E and radiology staff.”

Mrs Krasinska-Chavez said: “Stroke services take in so many different disciplines and would not exist without team work.”

She also praised the Friends of the unit for their support.

The ward has transformed its practices and appearance and staff also work closely with paramedics through an early alert system.

The unit is also performing above the national average by assessing, scanning and administering thrombolysis within 37 minutes of a patient arriving at the hospital.

Further improvements are planned to stroke services with the transformation of the TIA clinic into a Stroke Prevention Clinic.