Stroke patients in Buckinghamshire are getting an 'A grade' service from our specialist unit.
The Wycombe Hospital service has kept the Royal College of Physicians' accolade, despite a 50% increase in admissions this year.
Only 16% of services across the UK have the A-grade mark.
Since 1 January 2017 the Wycombe Hospital's Stroke Unit started admitting stroke patients routinely from East Berkshire, including Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor.
This has led to a 50% increase in admissions. Wexham Park Hospital no longer admits acute stroke patients, but does have a Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.
Despite the increase in activity the team has maintained its' A grade in the latest Royal College of Physicians' Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) audit.
This is the 7th successive time that the team have achieved an A, and still only 16% of teams nationally achieve an A rating.
The results of the December 2016 to March 2017 audit were revealed on Thursday 25 May.
Dr Matthew Burn, stroke consultant, said:
"I am very pleased to say that we maintained our A grade, despite a substantial increase in patient numbers. We have steadily been recruiting staff and building up our team, which has expanded significantly in the light of the recent reconfiguration, and are now able to offer services which we could not offer previously, including Psychology and Music Therapy.The Stroke Unit offers treatment and support for more than 1,300 actual and suspected stroke patients every year.
"The fact that we maintained our A rating during a period when not all new staff were yet in post is a testament to the high calibre and commitment of the whole team. I would like to say well done to everyone and a big thank you."
Every quarter the SSNAP team assesses and scores the performance of various aspects of stroke services in every acute hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - following the pathway for patients through recovery and rehabilitation, and culminating in an overall A-E rating.
It is the single source of stroke data across the country and is used as a performance measure by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).