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Townsville stroke unit leads nation

6 September 2018

Townsville’s acute stroke team has been rated among the best in the nation by independent body The Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR).

AuSCR reviewed the quality of care provided by 71 stroke units nationally with Townsville sharing this year’s highest award with three other units.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Kieran Keyes said the award was a significant achievement.

“Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer behind coronary heart disease and is the leading cause of disability,” he said.

“The community should be extraordinarily proud that we have access to one of the best performing stroke units in Australia here in Townsville.”

This week is National Stroke Week which aims to raise awareness of stroke prevention in Australia.

Townsville acute stroke unit clinical nurse consultant Sheryl Juliano said the community’s understanding of the signs of stroke were improving but there was still work to do.

“While prevention is always better than a cure, it is important to know how to recognise a stroke,” she said.

“We want you to remember the word FAST, which stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time.

“Ask yourself: Has the person’s face drooped? Is there any weakness, numbness or tingling sensation on one arm? Is their speech slurred or do they have trouble understanding you? If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, call 000 straight away.

“Time is absolutely critical in treating stroke which is why knowing the symptoms can save lives.”

Last year the Townsville acute stroke unit cared for 498 patients.

AuSCR is a national organisation that assesses the performance of stroke units nationally based on the quality of care provided to patients.

Last updated: 23 October 2018