The Court of Appeal refused an appeal against the judicial review which means plans to create three new hyper acute stroke services can go ahead. The Judge considered the application for an appeal against the judicial review ruling which had been made in February. They ruled in favour of the NHS.
Medway Maritime Hospital has been keen to retain its stroke unit and Medway Council had been campaigning to keep it. However, the ruling means that the new hyper acute stroke units will be located at Maidstone, Ashford and Dartford and will be there to treat patients in the first 72 hours following a stroke. Specialist care will be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which isn’t currently available.