Scottish Stroke Care Audit

Welcome to the Scottish Stroke Care Audit Website

Stroke is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe physical disability amongst adults. It is estimated that about 15,000 people in Scotland have a stroke each year. Hospital care for these patients accounts for 7% of all NHS beds and 5% of the entire NHS budget. The evidence demonstrating benefits of organised specialist stroke care in improving outcomes is now well established, and reflected in the recently updated SIGN Guideline 108: which focuses on acute stroke care and secondary prevention.

The 2015 National Report: Stroke Services in Scottish Hospitals

Published 14/07/2015. The full report, Public Summary and support tables are available here.

The Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) was established in 2002 and now includes all hospitals managing acute stroke in Scotland. Since its inception SSCA has helped to drive the improvements in stroke care which have contributed to the reduction in mortality rates and improved outcomes for stroke patients. The Audit is now an integral support for the care provided by every Scottish NHS Board. The NHS Boards use the Audit to evaluate their stroke care against National Standards and to drive improvements.

Annual Scottish Stroke Care Audit National Meeting

The SSCA National Meeting took place on Tuesday 25th August 2015, at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to:

  • review the performance of Scottish Stroke services against national standards in 2014
  • learn from good practice to help optimise services across Scotland
  • discuss how Scotland might introduce Clot retrieval (thrombectomy) services

The meeting was of interest to health professionals working with stroke patients, radiologists reporting brain scans, interventional radiologists and cardiologists who might consider performing clot retrieval and services managers responsible for these services. You can access the presentations here.