Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Calls for Government Commitment to Thrombectomy in Stroke Improvement Plan 14 June 2023 Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is calling for a stronger commitment to thrombectomy following the launch of the latest Stroke Improvement Plan today (Tuesday 14th June). Thrombectomy is a life-changing procedure that improves stroke survivors' chances of leaving hospital without a disability. Up to 800 people every year could benefit from a 24/7 service, but only a fraction of this number had access to the procedure this year. It's unacceptable that someone who has a stroke outside of 9-5 working hours loses out on the chance to access this life changing treatment. Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive of Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland said: “We welcome the latest Stroke Improvement Plan, which has the potential to improve the lives of stroke survivors in Scotland. “We are particularly pleased with the recommendations around rehabilitation that focus on life after stroke and supported self-management that will greatly improve outcomes for stroke survivors. We’re delighted that the Scottish Government have listened to the voice of patients and the third sector, who have advocated for greater self management support for some time. "However, for people to benefit from greater support after stroke, they also need equitable access to quality hyper acute care. We are concerned that the plan falls short of the commitment to a national service made by the previous Cabinet Secretary. It's unacceptable that someone who has a stroke outside of 9-5 working hours loses out on the chance to access this life changing treatment. “The plan currently focuses on expanding access with an aim to create a nationwide service, rather than a concrete commitment. We will continue to push for a 24/7 thrombectomy service to ensure that there is equal access to this life changing procedure across the country."