Country South Australians who experience a stroke will now be able to access additional clinical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The latest announcement from SA heath will see additional support services for stroke patients at rural and regional hospitals across the state.
Country Health SA’s Executive Director Medical Services, Dr Hendrika Meyer, said from this month, neurologists at metropolitan stroke units will be able to support country stroke patients at the state’s 61 country hospitals via phone and videoconference at any time of day.
While Thrombolytic therapy has been available for suitable stroke patients at the Riverland general Hospital in Berri for many years the new model will see increased services with 24 hour support.
Under the new model the support will be delivered from the Royal Adelaide Hospital.