Links to Other Sources
The sources below offer information related to cerebrovascular disease and stroke. Most of these sources are external to ISD and we cannot guarantee the content or accessibility of these external web sites.
Scottish Stroke Care Audit Website
www.strokeaudit.scot.nhs.uk. The Scottish Stroke Care Audit monitors the quality of care provided by the hospitals in all NHS Boards by collating data collected by the Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs). These data are used by the Scottish Government Health Department to monitor progress against the NHS Health Improvement Scotland (formerly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS)) standards for stroke and its Heart Disease and Stroke Action Plan.
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland
The Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland is one of Scotland's leading medical charities. They fund research into all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and the social impact of chest, heart and stroke illness.
National Records of Scotland (formerly General Register Office for Scotland)
NRS maintain the database of death registrations and publish their annual report, including mortality from coronary heart disease and stroke. See their 2010 annual report Scotland's Population 2009 for details.
NHS Health Improvement Scotland (NHS HIS)
NHS HIS (formerly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS)) provide advice and guidance on effective clinical practice, drive and support quality improvements and assess the performance of NHSScotland. NHS HIS updated their clinical standards for stroke services in June 2009. The Scottish Executive's public health white paper - 'Towards a Healthier Scotland' and 'Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy for Scotland'. Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke in Scotland Strategy Update 2004.
Scottish Government's policy document and preceding consultation document on CHD & stroke care. Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care: Action Plan (June 2009) Better Coronary Heart Disease & Stroke Care (July 2008)
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) SIGN published their guideline no.64 "Management of patients with stroke" in November 2002 with an update in 2006. A further guideline no.108 "Management of patients with stroke or TIA" was published in December 2008. In June 2010, two new guidelines were published in relation to stroke care: Guideline no.118 "Management of patients with stroke: rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning" now supersedes guidelines no.64. Guideline no.119 "Management of patients with stroke: identification and management of dysphagia" focuses on patients with difficulty in swallowing, which may be a potentially serious complication of stroke. The SIGN web site offers access to PDF versions of the full guidelines and their respective quick reference guides.