The NSW Telestroke Service provides people across NSW with rapid virtual access to specialist stroke diagnosis and treatment.
Stroke is a time-critical medical emergency and determining a patient’s stroke type and treatment options quickly is crucial.
Access to specialist physicians is needed for rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
The NSW Telestroke Service helps local emergency physicians connect with expert stroke clinicians to determine the most appropriate treatment for each patient.
Like other types of virtual care it complements existing health services and enhances access to specialist services.
It links staff in rural and regional public hospitals virtually with a network of specialist stroke doctors, helping to save lives and improve health outcomes.
The NSW Telestroke Service is a collaboration between the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, eHealth NSW, the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Ministry of Health.
The Stroke Foundation is partnering with NSW Health to support the roll out of the service.
This includes delivering F.A.S.T. (Face. Arms. Speech and Time) signs of stroke community education in the state’s regions.
The service is a $21.7 million NSW Government election commitment announced in March 2019 and is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
By June 2022 the NSW Telestroke Service will connect up to 23 rural and regional hospitals across NSW with a network of virtual specialist stroke doctors, managed by the Prince of Wales Hospital.
NSW Telestroke referring sites as of May 2021
The NSW Telestroke Service is rolling out to rural and regional sites across the state.
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