In February 2019 the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Kent and Medway Review of Urgent Stroke Services gave the go-ahead to opening hyper acute stroke units at William Harvey Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital and Maidstone Hospital.
The decision comes after a five-year review of urgent stroke services, led by local stroke specialists which included an extensive public consultation which ended in April 2018. Two reports from the consultation were published in June 2018. In September 2018 the recommended preferred options were published and then a decision making business case was prepared that went through a process of national assurance.
The work now moves into the implementation phase. It is anticipated that the new stroke service will begin at Maidstone and Darent Valley hospitals in about a year’s time, and at William Harvey Hospital in spring of 2021.
All the documentation and information about the decision making process can be found here: https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke/ .
We would like to thank everyone who took part, and contributed their views.