Port Macquarie Base Hospital has been recognised for its outstanding evidence-based stroke treatment.
The hospital was one of seven hospitals from across Australia named as excellence award winners in the 2020 Australian Stroke Coalition Quality Stroke Service Awards.
The awards recognise hospitals that achieve nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks, including treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, the provision of stroke unit care, and the provision of a discharge care plan.
The Base Hospital was the only NSW facility to be recognised. Queensland hospitals in Townsville, Rockhampton, Princess Alexandra, and Caboolture and Victorian hospitals in Echuca Regional Health and Wimmera Base Hospital were also on the list.
Mid North Coast Local Health District chief executive Stewart Dowrick praised the dedicated stroke care team.
"This award is acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of our stroke care team," he said.
"From the emergency department to the hospital's stroke unit and into the community setting, our team is providing exceptional care and we are thrilled their efforts have been recognised."
This is the second year that the National Quality Stroke Service Awards have been held.
Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan said it was great to see regional hospitals recognised in the Awards.
"More than 27,400 Australians will experience a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, many of these will be experienced by those living in regional and rural areas of our country," Ms McGowan said.
"Regional Australians are 17 percent more likely to experience a stroke.
"Traditionally access to high-quality stroke treatment and care has been limited outside of our metropolitan cities, as most stroke specialists and tailored services are in metropolitan areas.
"The regional hospital Award recipients this year, show that with focus, investment and support, improvements can be made. High quality stroke treatment and care can be accessible when and where it is needed," she said.
The 2020 awards have been based on data submitted to the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) for stroke hospital admissions in 2019.
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