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The new lottery  in stroke care
Posted:
20 Sep 2010

By: STEFFEN BAYER

The new lottery in stroke care

In the recent past there was a postcode lottery in stroke care. People who have had a stroke need to receive thrombolysis drugs within a vital ‘three hour window’ for effective treatment. But their chances of such treatment depended on whether the nearest hospital was one of the few to offer it. They often paid the price in disability – and the NHS picked up the costs for long-term rehabilitation and care.