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This project was undertaken in partnership with the National Stroke Foundation (NSF) and the Queensland Clinical Stroke Network and aligned with the Quality and Safety Commission Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standards. The initial focus was on acute stroke care but the project aimed to address the patient’s full care pathway. Opportunities for improvement were informed by and driven by data.
This project aimed to develop a long term, coordinated plan for Acute Stroke Care that considered the unique needs of the patients, communities and facilities in Metro South Health.
1. Development of a theoretical hub and spoke model of care to increase access to acute stroke services and provide patients with right place and right time services for treatment of stroke.
2. Development of the Metro South Health Stroke Working Group. This group provides an opportunity for stroke clinicians, across all related disciplines, to get together and collaborate on clinical issues, new research, policy analysis, and process improvement. This meeting is chaired by the MSH Director of Neurology and the membership consists of all MSH acute services, the Stroke Foundation, the Queensland Health Statewide Stroke Clinical Network, and other related, referring, hospital services (e.g. Mater, Ipswich Hospital, Toowoomba Hospital).
3. Project support to establish these outcomes was given by the Executive Planning and Innovation Committee (EPIC) and the Executive Sponsor was Dr Judy Flores, Chair of Medicine, Metro South Health.