The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn.

The stroke unit at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been ranked as one of the top 10 stroke units in the country.

West Raynham ward has been ranked the sixth best performing unit for its treatment and performance rates in a national audit.

The unit has again received an A rating from the Royal College of Physicians as part of its Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme.

Patients who are suspected of having a stroke are seen within two minutes of arriving at the hospital and receive vital thrombolysis treatment within 40 minutes if diagnosed in time.

Stroke consultant and the hospital’s acting medical director Dr Raj Shekhar said: “We are delighted with the ranking as it is a demonstration of the hard work put in by the staff on West Raynham,  along with reflecting the excellent team working arrangements with the paramedics along with colleagues in A&E and radiology. 

“This rating also reflects our determination to ensure that we see and treat patients early to improve their outcomes and help them to go on to live independently.”

A hospital spokesman said West Raynham had undergone significant improvements over the last four years which had seen it rise from the lowest E rating to the highest, A..

The ward works closely with the ambulance service to operate an early alert system to warn an on-call stroke nurse about the arrival of a potential stroke patient.

Senior consultants and staff nurses are also available seven days a week to ensure patients receive the right treatments.

Ward manager Sister Tania Martins Henriques Afonso said: “We also work closely with a data analyst to ensure that we have up-to-date information.

“This is a fantastic achievement and I want to say a big thank you to everyone in the unit for their hard work.”

The stroke team is also working with West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group to run the first clinic in the region to help prevent people from suffering strokes.