FIONA Stanley Hospital will be the site of an expansion of Perth’s specialised stroke services, set to open a 24-hour stroke unit early in the New Year.
Perth has an existing 24-hour stroke unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital that is available seven days a week.
“Establishing a round-the-clock service is the culmination of two years of planning, with hundreds of paramedics trained in early diagnosis and protocols to fast-track patients to expanded stroke treatment services at Sir Charles Gairdner and Fiona Stanley hospitals,” Health Minister John Day said.
“Additional specialist trained staff will be employed to extend the existing service, which will help reduce stroke’s devastating impact on Western Australian families and the economy.”
“So far this year, our highly skilled neuroradiologists, working with our neurology and rehabilitation teams, have conducted more than 60 procedures but that figure is expected to rise sharply with the 24 hour service,” he said.
Up to 200 stroke victims are expected to benefit each year by being able to have a thrombectomy to remove the blood clot as soon as possible before it causes further damage.
One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime
More than 40,000 people in WA live with the effects of a stroke
Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.