NHS warned as thousands missed out on ‘miracle treatment’ that saved them from ‘near death’

That NHS has been urged to take immediate action as thousands of patients are being denied a ‘miracle treatment’ that is pulling them from ‘near death’, a charity has warned.

That Stroke Association said more than 47,000 patients will miss out on NHS treatment over the next seven years unless NHS England and the Government take immediate action.

What is the “miracle treatment” for stroke patients?

Mechanical thrombectomy uses a stent to manually remove large blood clots that cause a stroke from the brain via a catheter inserted into the patient’s groin.

The procedure can cut hospital stays by several months, and some patients have been able to leave the hospital the next day instead of spending months in rehabilitation units.

According to the Stroke Association, thrombectomy is one of the most effective procedures ever discovered for stroke, affecting approximately 10% of all patients. There are more than 75,000 strokes in England each year.

In its new report, the charity said there was an urgent need to have a 24/7 thrombectomy service so that all patients could benefit.

It is projected that this would save £73m a year due to the reduced cost of long-term care for people with stroke.

The charity also highlighted an “unacceptable postcode lottery” in care, with nearly 8% of stroke patients in London receiving a thrombectomy, compared with just 0% to 3% elsewhere in the country.

Only a quarter (25%) of thrombectomy centers operate 24 hours a day, while 42% are only open Monday through Friday during office hours, the report added.

A thrombectomy can be performed up to 24 hours after a stroke but is most effective in the first six hours.

Lack of understanding in government and NHS ‘putting lives at risk’

Juliet Bouverie, executive director of the Stroke Association, said: “Thrombectomy is a miracle treatment that saves patients from near-death and reduces the worst effects of stroke.

“It is shocking that so many patients are missing out and burdened with unnecessary disabilities.

“Furthermore, the lack of understanding from the Government, the NHS and local health authorities of the brain-saving potential of thrombectomy is putting lives at risk.

“There are hard-working clinicians all along the stroke route who are facing an uphill battle to provide this treatment, and it’s time they got the support they need to make that happen.” It’s really easy.”

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