Stroke patients denied access to stroke units

Stroke patients are missing out on stroke unit care because beds are being given over to non-stroke patients, neurologists from NSW have shown.

Workload pressure on hospital neurology departments means that stroke unit beds are occupied by other neurological patients such as those with seizures, an audit of stroke admissions at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle has found.

About 50% of all acute stroke patients are being denied access to stroke unit care, which means they do not receive appropriate post-stroke thrombolysis and are