The Stroke Association has welcomed the decision to make major improvements stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Jacqui Cuthbert, the charity’s associate director for the South West and Channel Islands, said:
“The Stroke Association will always support changes to our health service that will prevent stroke, improve access to life-saving and disability reducing treatments, or provide better rehabilitation for life after stroke.
“There is strong evidence that reorganising acute stroke services can save lives, make it more likely for stroke patients to have a good recovery, and improve patient experience of care.
“Evaluations of reconfigurations that have already taken place elsewhere demonstrate the benefits across both urban and rural areas.
“We especially welcome the fact that stroke survivors played a key role during the reconfiguration and were able to share their own lived experience of stroke.”