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Hospitals recognised for excellence

Australian Stroke Coalition

Thirteen hospitals have been named as Excellence Award winners in the 2021 Australian Stroke Coalition (ASC) Quality Stroke Service Awards.

The Awards, announced at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia, recognise Australia’s top hospitals in delivery of quality, evidence-based stroke treatment and care.

Excellence is measured by hospitals that achieve nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks, including treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, the provision of stroke unit care, and the provision of a care plan at time of discharge from hospital.

The top performing hospitals recognised were:

  • Port Macquarie Hospital (NSW)
  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (NSW)
  • Sutherland Hospital (NSW)
  • Northern Beaches Hospital (NSW)
  • Redcliffe Hospital (QLD)
  • Townsville Hospital (QLD)
  • Cairns Hospital (QLD)
  • Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (NSW)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital (QLD)
  • Goulburn Valley Health (VIC)
  • Echuca Regional Health (VIC)
  • Wimmera Base Hospital (VIC)
  • Peninsula Health – Frankston Hospital (VIC).

Professor Dominique Cadilhac (Monash University), who is the Data Custodian: Australian Stroke Clinical Registry & Australian Stroke Data Tool for the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, said it was wonderful to see so many hospitals recognised.

“It was encouraging to see a greater number of hospitals achieving excellence this year – 13 up from seven in 2020,” Professor Cadilhac said.

“That reflects an ongoing dedication to achieve the best outcomes for patients with stroke to help them survive and live healthy lives into the future. I congratulate the winning hospitals.”

Stroke strikes the brain, the human control centre. It can change lives in an instant for the individual and their loved ones. It’s estimated more than 27,400 people in Australia will have a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2021.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said stroke is always a medical emergency, but it can be treated, and it can be beaten.

“We know that patients with stroke, who get to hospital quickly and are treated in dedicated stroke units, will have the best chance of survival, recovery and prevention of recurrent stroke.

“These hospitals are leading the way. It is particularly heartening to see so many regional hospitals achieving an Excellence Award this year.”

The 2021 awards have been based on data submitted to the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) (from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021) and the Stroke Foundation Acute Audit (for the time period January 2020 to June 2021). The care being delivered by these hospitals is in line with National Stroke Guidelines and National Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standards.

For more about the awards, including winners of Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions, see the Australian Stroke Coalition website.