The opening of a dedicated Stroke Ward at Hamad General Hospital in March 2014 has played a key role in ensuring stroke patients in Qatar receive the safest, most effective and most compassionate care.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the care has contributed greatly to ensuring stroke patients in Qatar receive the safest, most effective and compassionate care. The extensive team involved in the treatment of each stroke patient is central to the multi-disciplinary care patients receive. Stroke neurologists, rehabilitation physicians, stroke nurses, allied health professionals, stroke coordinators and clinical nurse specialists all provide their expertise in shaping patient treatment plans according to each patient’s individual needs.
Recent improvements in stroke care at HMC include:
• The average length of stay (LOS) for stroke patients declined continuously in 2014. In January, the average LOS was 12 days, a figure that fell to just eight days by the end of the year. The shorter LOS demonstrates the effective nature of the care being given. Patients benefit greatly from being discharged as early as possible, when clinically appropriate, to continue their recovery at home with ongoing support from the care teams.
• The percentage of patients receiving Thrombolysis treatment (which must be administered within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms) has doubled since 2013. Thrombolysis is a very effective treatment that can greatly increase a stroke patient’s chances of making a full recovery, but this must be given within the 4.5 hour timeframe.
The improvements in care rely on a number of service areas across multiple facilities working in unison, including the ambulance service, radiology teams and Hamad’s rehabilitation services.
In December 2014, HMC’s stroke service became the first of its kind in the Middle East to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI accreditation is based on quality and safety across all clinical and management functions and is considered to be the gold standard in global healthcare.