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Stroke danger cut for heart patients.

Byline: By SAM WEBB

HEALTH bosses say heart patients at Coventry's Walsgrave Hospital are now in less danger from a stroke, thanks to a one-stop clinic.

Hospital chiefs believe a series of improvements made over the past 12 months at Walsgrave and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby have reduced the risk of patients suffering a major stroke.

Heart patients are particularly vulnerable to the risk of a stroke.

The new Transient Ischaemic Attack one-stop clinic aims to ensure patients only need to visit the clinic once to get seen, diagnosed and treated.

According to latest hospital figures, the average waiting time for a referral is now only nine days. And assessment for surgery appointments have fallen from an average of six months to less than two weeks since the clinic was set up.

Experts at the hospitals' stroke team will showcase the improvements to a national audience tomorrow.

Members of the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust's stroke team will speak at the national conference, entitled Brain Attack ! Developments for the Future.

Sue Thelwell, the trust's stroke services co-ordinator, said the meeting would allow experts to share their experiences.

She said: "With speakers attending from all over the country, plus presentations from the stroke team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, the conference promises to tackle key national themes and provide a platform for medical, nursing and therapy staff to explore and share best practice."

The venue for the conference is the Clinical Sciences Centre on the new superhospital site.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 4, 2005
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