Sutherland Hospital among top in Australia for stroke care

Top care: Sutherland Hospital was among 13 hospitals in Australia to be recognised in the 2021 Australian Stroke Coalition (ASC) Quality Stroke Service Awards.
Top care: Sutherland Hospital was among 13 hospitals in Australia to be recognised in the 2021 Australian Stroke Coalition (ASC) Quality Stroke Service Awards.

Sutherland Hospital has been recognised for the excellent service it provides to people who have suffered stroke.

It was among 13 hospitals in Australia to be 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 the delivery of stroke treatment and care.

Nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks are judged. These include treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, stroke unit care, and a care plan at time of discharge from hospital.

Vicki Weeden, General Manager Sutherland Hospital, said she was incredibly proud that Sutherland Hospital has been recognised for providing exceptional care to stroke patients.

"I highly commend our team for this terrific achievement. They are dedicated to helping patients who have experienced a stroke and this recognition certainly demonstrates this," Ms Wheedon said.

"The Sutherland Hospital team have a lot to be proud of and being named in these Excellence Awards is a huge morale boost for everyone."

Other NSW winners were Port Macquarie Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

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."