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Telestroke comes to Tamworth

1 Sep 2021 Reading time approximately

The NSW Telestroke Service is now available at Tamworth Hospital. This innovative telehealth service connects local emergency doctors to specialist stroke physicians located across NSW using video consultation.

The Tamworth Hospital assesses more than 340 suspected strokes and treats 260 strokes each year.

This crucial service will provide stroke patients with rapid diagnosis and treatment from the state’s expert clinicians

Susan Heyman, Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services.

The NSW Telestroke Service builds on the expertise and dedication of local clinicians to provide stroke patients with the best possible chance of recovery after stroke. The 24/7 service provides local clinicians with tools to identify patients for hyperacute stroke pathways, real-time review of diagnostic imaging and specialist advice on treatment options.

The Agency for Clinical Innovation works with local staff to implement Telestroke, embed it in their stroke services and ensure its ongoing sustainability. The team provides:

  • tailored coaching, education and training
  • on-site support and simulations before go-live
  • communication and coordination
  • guidance on implementation methods and change management strategies.

The service will expand to up to 23 sites across NSW by June 2022. Implementation of Telestroke is a collaboration between the Agency for Clinical Innovation, the Prince of Wales Hospital, eHealth NSW and the NSW Ministry of Health. It is a $21.7 million NSW Government election commitment and is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

Learn more about the NSW Telestroke service.

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