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Innovative stroke treatment to be offered by NHS England

12th April 2017

An advanced emergency treatment for stroke patients is to be provided by NHS England in order to help improve patient outcomes.

The technique, known as mechanical thrombectomy, is to be commissioned by NHS England for patients who have certain types of acute ischaemic stroke, a severe form of the condition that often leads to long-term disability.

Data from clinical trials have shown that this approach can significantly improve survival and quality of life by restoring blood flow, thereby limiting brain damage. It is estimated that 8,000 stroke patients a year will benefit from this treatment.

NHS England is now taking steps to assess the readiness of each of the 24 neuroscience centres across the country set to introduce the service, with treatment to be phased in later this year.

The organisation will also work with Health Education England and trusts to build on the expertise offered by these centres, developing the workforce and systems to ensure the full benefits of mechanical thrombectomy are achieved.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said this is "another practical example of the NHS quietly expanding innovative modern care that will really benefit patients, but which tends to be invisible in the public debate about the NHS".

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