Stroke patients to bypass GPs

Over a six-month period the study enrolled a sample of those patients who were taken to hospital by ambulance following a stroke or transient ischaemic attack.

The researchers interviewed the patients and the people who called the ambulance.

The 198 patients included 125 with ischaemic stroke, 47 with transient ischaemic attack and 26 with intracerebral bleeding.

It took a median of 70 minutes, from the onset of symptoms, for an ambulance to be called.

In 64 cases, an ambulance had been called immediately, while in 44 cases a GP had been called. The other patients had called someone else such as a