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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

A TOTAL of 269 people suffered strokes in Dumfries and Galloway last year, according to new figures.

The Scottish Stroke Care Audit has compiled a report on stroke patients locally.
And they found an even patient split between men and women; the average age of a stroke sufferer was 73 for men and 77 for women; and most strokes occurred in the over 60 age group.
However, there were 30 people aged under 60 who suffered strokes in 2014.
Most were cared for at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where there are nine acute beds.
The care for three quarters of them involved a ‘stroke care bundle’ comprising a brain scan, adminstering of aspirin and a swallow screen.
Responding to the auditors, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said they continue to provide a high quality service.
Stroke is a key health issue for the people of Scotland and the Scottish NHS with 9000 patients discharged last year. It is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe physical disability amongst Scottish adults.

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