From 9 January 2017, patients with a suspected stroke, who would currently be taken by ambulance to the Royal Surrey, will be taken to Frimley Park Hospital or St. Peter’s Hospital for their immediate care. Patients may then be transferred to the Royal Surrey if clinically appropriate for on-going care or discharged home. Further care on discharge from any of the hospitals will continue as currently provided.
This change in service affects residents from Guildford and Waverley, as well as some from neighbouring boroughs in Surrey and South East Hampshire.
These changes are necessary as the Royal Surrey will be unable to support a seven day hyper acute stroke pathway from January due to a number of changes within the multidisciplinary stroke team. The provision of seven day acute stroke unit care is unaffected and will continue during the interim period. NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group has been working closely with providers and other Surrey CCGs to ensure safe hyper acute stroke care continues to be provided to patients who would normally attend the Royal Surrey.
We are confident that these arrangements will provide the necessary high-quality care and clinical expertise that patients with suspected stroke require.
A Surrey-wide review of stroke care is on-going and is focussed on developing the right model of care across Surrey to improve overall outcomes. The proposals for West Surrey were initially shared with the public at the Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting in September 2016. Where changes are proposed for stroke care, these will be subject to a formal public consultation.