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National award for London stroke care

Stroke care in the capital has scooped a top national award.

NHS London’s reorganisation of stroke services into eight specialist centres, where patients have access to teams of expert clinicians 24/7, won the ‘Clinical Service Redesign’ award at the HSJ Awards 2010 on Monday (29 November).

The London Ambulance Service plays a key role in the new set up. London Ambulance Service staff take patients showing symptoms of stroke directly to one of the eight specialist centres.

NHS London Chief Executive Ruth Carnall said: “I am delighted that the judges recognised the collaborative working between the London Ambulance Service and the London Stroke Networks that has delivered the best stroke care in England for Londoners.”

The Service was also recognised in the ‘Efficiency Initiative of the Year’ award, for creating a scheme to reduce A&E admissions in Greenwich.

To find out more please visit the NHS London website

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