Published: Monday 3 October 2016
Published today, the 2016 Stroke Guideline is the fifth edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke produced by the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
The editors draw from the evidence base for the treatment of people with stroke and the guideline reflects advances in treatment since the last edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke was published in 2012.
Commenting on the guideline, Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association said:
“We very much welcome and support this new guidance for the treatment and care of stroke patients. It marks a significant step forward in the way this devastating condition can be treated by stroke specialists up and down the country.
“We particularly welcome the recommendation that all stroke patients receive a brain scan within one hour. Stroke is a medical emergency and having it diagnosed early means patients get the right treatment as quickly as possible, and are less likely to be left with a serious disability.
“Unfortunately, these guidelines are not mandatory and we are concerned about how they will be adopted and implemented when there are already significant pressures on services. In England alone, over 6,000 patients a year wait more than 12 hours for a brain scan. This is unacceptable and without a clear commitment to a national plan for stroke, people’s lives and recoveries could be at risk.
“That’s why we’re calling on the Government to commit to a new National Stroke Strategy for England to ensure that these guidelines help every patient receive the best possible treatment and care.”