Enhancing stroke care in South Australia

6 February 2017

Stroke clinicians

An expert working group, including clinicians and consumers from across the state, has recommended changes to stroke services to ensure you receive consistent, quality care.

The changes mean:

  • Stroke units will continue to operate out of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Most strokes occur due to a blood clot preventing blood flow in the brain. In some cases this clot can be removed by a treatment called ‘reperfusion therapy’. Stroke reperfusion services, including on-site stroke teams, will be expanded to be available 24/7 at the RAH and from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at LMH and FMC.
  • SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) will have clear pathways to ensure stroke patients are taken directly to a stroke unit hospital where possible. The ambulance will also notify the hospital of your arrival in advance, so that the stroke team is ready to treat you quickly.
  • Stroke treatment will be provided by one specialist service operating out of three hospitals, meaning you will receive the same care no matter which hospital you attend.
  • Stroke patients in country hospitals will be better supported by metropolitan stroke units.
  • Allied health services will be available seven days a week at all stroke units, meaning you will be able to begin rehabilitation sooner and get home quicker.

The new stroke model of care has been endorsed by the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group and the Transforming Health Strategic Committee and will be implemented in 2017.

To find out more, view the Stroke Services Consumer Guide (PDF 168KB) or watch the video below.