Better stroke care for Bay of Plenty residents
Better stroke care for Bay of Plenty
Health Minister Tony Ryall welcomes the news
that a dedicated stroke unit is opening at Tauranga Hospital
“This is great news for the 300 Bay of
Plenty residents who suffer from a stroke each year,” says
“The unit will be led by a professor who
specialises in stroke care and has been recruited by the
district health board (DHB) from Britain.
shows a dedicated stroke unit prevents many people from
having a more severe stroke and significantly improves a
patient’s recovery after a stroke.
Stroke is the
third leading cause of death in this country and one of the
biggest causes of disability in older New Zealanders. It is
largely preventable, however on average 21 New Zealanders
suffer from a stroke each day – two thirds of strokes
occur in people over 65 and one third are fatal.
Stroke services in New Zealand were neglected for many
years. This government committed, as part of its election
manifesto, to provide New Zealanders with better stroke
services and have dedicated acute stroke units throughout
the country,” says Mr Ryall.
“Our 13 large and
medium sized DHBs all now have a dedicated acute stroke unit
and we are working towards having 80 per cent of stroke
patients treated in a dedicated stroke unit. An audit in
2009 revealed only 39 per cent of stroke patients were being
treated in stroke units.
“Stroke services are
important as they prevent and reduce significant disability
following a stroke, particularly for older people.”
Lakes DHB is developing a new stroke unit which is
expected to open in March and Waikato DHB will be expanding
their services when they move into their new stroke unit in
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