CENTRALISING stroke unit services has improved treatment for acute patients, it was claimed today.
There were objections when plans to set up a new unit at University Hospital of North Durham were announced.
Some campaigners feared problems would be caused for people who would otherwise have been seen at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
However, figures released today show that since the changes were made, 89 per cent of patients have been given a brain scan within 24 hours of arriving at the new unit.
Also, all those who needed clot-busting medication were given it within an hour of arrival.
Data released by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust showed that 530 people were admitted directly to the new centralised Durham City unit between January and July this year.