Following the publication of the latest Scottish stroke statistics by Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is calling for a national thrombectomy service.
The figures from NHS Scotland’s ISD show that the incidence rate for cerebrovascular disease has decreased by 12 per cent over the last decade. The mortality rate decreased by 34 per cent; however, this rose to 52 per cent for the most deprived areas.
There were 3,835 deaths in Scotland in 2018 where cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, was the underlying cause.
Thirty-day mortality improved only slightly over the last 10 years, rising from 83 per cent in 2009/2010 to 86 per cent in 2018/2019.
A College spokesperson said: “Although much progress has been made over the past decade, the latest statistics from ISD indicate that cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, continues to cause thousands of deaths in Scotland each year."
“We note in particular that the death rate for cerebrovascular disease in the most deprived areas is double that of the least deprived areas. It’s important to know why this is happening, so that disparities can begin to be addressed."
“We have welcomed plans to create a new Scottish thrombectomy service and would urge that resources are made available to ensure there are no avoidable delays in its implementation.”