Welcome to Stroke Hub Wales

Advances in stroke research can improve quality of life, influence patient care, and save resources. Research has the ultimate aim of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke.

Approximately 7400 people will have a stroke, TIA or stroke mimic in Wales and there are almost 70, 000 stroke survivors living in Wales.The Royal College of Physicians estimated that up to 70% of all strokes could be avoided if the risk factors were treated and people adopted healthier lifestyles. People need to make every possible effort to avoid stroke as, despite improvements in stroke services, there will always be some strokes which are too severe to treat, resulting in lives being shortened or a long term severe disability.

Stroke Delivery Plan 2017-2020

This Stroke Delivery Plan (2017-2020) provides a framework for action by health boards and NHS trusts, working with their partners. It sets out the expectations of all stakeholders to tackle stroke in people of all ages, wherever they live in Wales and whatever their circumstances1.

Stroke is one of the top causes of death and a leading cause of adult disability. The outcomes from this plan will be shared across all health boards in Wales to ensure the lessons learned are publicised and adopted. In this manner investment is being made in our highly valued multidisciplinary staff and ensuring services are working in accordance with the principles of prudent health care1.

The common vision is for all people of all ages to have the lowest possible risk of having a stroke, and, when it does occur, to have an excellent chance of surviving, and returning to independence as quickly as possible. NHS organisations, social services and the third sector must work together to continually strive to improve stroke services for all patients across all services in Wales1.

Stroke research is therefore a critical enabler in the health of our nation, contributing to the effective delivery of evidence-based medicine in our NHS, attracting investment and high quality research talent and vital for laying the foundation to the next phase of health and social care delivery in Wales.

The stroke service in Wales already benefits from leading local research in related specialties and from worldwide research through the evidence-based National Clinical Guidelines. Wales must now develop its place on both the UK and the world scene for stroke.

1 https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-12/stroke-delivery-plan-2017-to-2020.pdf