Improving access to stroke treatment
Stroke is a time-critical medical emergency. Patient outcomes are improved by timely access to specialist clinical diagnosis and management.
The NSW Telestroke Service connects local emergency doctors to specialist stroke physicians via video consultation. Determining a patient's stroke type and treatment options quickly is crucial and can be difficult outside of metropolitan areas. Telestroke removes these geographical barriers and improves outcomes for rural stroke patients, giving them a greater chance of surviving and leading a normal life.
The service is a collaboration between the Prince of Wales Hospital, eHealth NSW, the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the NSW Ministry of Health. It is based on a successful pilot at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, and will expand to up to 23 sites across NSW.