Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

West Sussex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee welcomes clot busting drug for stroke patients

Worthing and Adur EXACT (WAE),

The provision of around the clock clot busting drug treatment for stroke patients has been welcomed by West Sussex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC).

Research has shown that patients have a much better chance of recovery if ‘thrombolytic’ drugs and treatment are given as soon as possible after a stroke. The specialist stroke treatment will be available at Worthing Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Committee Chairman, Christine Field, said: “At our January meeting we called for around the clock specialist treatment for stroke patients to be available within West Sussex. We were very pleased to learn this has now been implemented.

“Strokes can have devastating consequences for people’s lives. We welcome this step forward. It should give patients a much better chance of making a succcessful recovery.”

The committee also heard concerns that access to cataract surgery may be restricted to save money. A national campaign,  ‘Don’t Turn Back the Clock’, has been launched by the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists – the committee agreed to look into the issue in West Sussex.

Concerns were also voiced about the early closure of the Jubilee Ward at East Grinstead’s Queen Victoria Hospital.

The ward provided community beds for the area. They were used for  in-patient, rehabilitation and end of life services and were predominantly used by elderly people.

Jubilee ward was due to be shut in November but instead was closed to new admissions on August 15.  This was because staff shortages meant the hospital was unable to deliver safe care for patients.