A 12-week public consultation seeking views on a proposal to develop an Acute Stroke Centre at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester begins today.
Please share your views via the NHS Sussex website: www.sussex.ics.nhs.uk/stroke-west-sussex/. The public consultation will continue until 21 April 2023.
Chief Executive Dr George Findlay said: “Our staff in West Sussex currently provide good stroke care from two units at St Richard’s Hospital and Worthing Hospital, but these units are unfortunately too small to consistently meet new national standards.
“Evidence shows that patients have better outcomes if they are treated at a larger Acute Stroke Centre, which is why our clinical experts and NHS partners have been looking at how we could develop one of these centres in West Sussex.
“Following an extensive review, we believe St Richard’s would be the best location for an Acute Stroke Centre. Although some patients would spend a bit longer in an ambulance to reach hospital, we know that their quality of care, access to 24/7 specialist treatment and outcomes would be better.”