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Access to stroke care brain scans creeping up in the UK

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Emergency access to brain scans in stroke cases is creeping up in the UK, though the rate remains well below target, the latest figures from the SINAP national audit suggest. In the quarter April-June 2012, 37% of patients in England had a brain scan within one hour, compared to 35% in the previous quarter. The number of patients who had a brain scan within 24 hours remains unchanged, at 91%. The SINAP statistics, which are published by the Royal College of Physicians, map these and other details of the first 72 hours of stroke care at 155 hospitals, against targets set out in the NHS Stroke Plan. The audit database currently comprises more than 67,000 stroke care records.

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