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Great news for QE stroke unit


Published by Grace Mcgachy at 12:00pm 2nd January 2019.

We have one of the top 10 stroke units in the country right on our doorstep.

Staff at the QE are celebrating after being ranked 6th for its treatment and performance rates.

West Raynham Ward has once again received an A rating from the Royal College of Physicians as part of its Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme which is an assessment of several key treatment areas.



Patients who are suspected of having a stroke are seen within two minutes of arriving at the QEH and receive vital thrombolysis treatment within 40 minutes.

This helps patients to regain independence and mobility after a stroke if it is given early enough.

Stroke Consultant and Acting Medical Director Dr Raj Shekhar and Ward Manager Tania Martins Henriques Afonso have put the success down to the unit's dedicated team of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.

qeh main entrance


Dr Shekhar said:

"We are delighted with the ranking as it is a demonstration of the hard work put in by the staff on West Raynham along with reflecting the excellent team working arrangements with the paramedics along with colleagues in A&E and Radiology.

This rating also reflects our determination to ensure that we see and treat patients early to improve their outcomes and help them to go onto live independently."

West Raynham has undergone significant improvements over the last four years which has seen it rise from the lowest E Rating to the highest, A.

West Raynham ward  team celebration at the qe


The ward works closely with the East of England Ambulance Service paramedics, who run an early alert system by warning the on-call Stroke Nurse to ensure they are in waiting for the patient in A&E.

Senior Consultants and staff nurses are also available seven days a week to ensure that patients receive the right treatments.

Ward manager Sister Afonso said:

"We also work closely with a data analyst to ensure that we have up-to-date information.

This is a fantastic achievement and I want to say a big thank you to everyone in the unit for their hard work."



The ward has also undergone a make-over in recent years to create a new atmosphere for staff and patients by adding a day room, reception and two meeting rooms to offer greater privacy.

Colour coded bays have been introduced to help reduce the disorientation for patients along with symbols on signs.

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