Korle Bu Stroke Unit
Stroke is the 3rd most common admission diagnosis (5.9%) and the top cause of death (14.4%) at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra (KBTH Annual Report Data, 2008).
The vision of KBTH Stroke Unit is to provide high quality healthcare to stroke patients in an atmosphere of respect, integrity, service, leadership and multidisciplinary working.
Evidence shows that specialist care, delivered on a dedicated unit and by an appropriately skilled multidisciplinary team, improves outcomes for people with stroke1,2. Whilst the WGSP did not set out to develop a Stroke Unit, the momentum provided through the partnership, alongside the tenacity and drive of Dr Akpalu and his team, led to the opening of a dedicated Stroke Unit at KBTH in 2014. This pioneering service is the first in Ghana, and a significant milestone in the development of specialist stroke care. To date, over 700 patients have been treated in the Unit.
Multidisciplinary team working has been a focus of the partnership since its inception in 2009. The team at KBTH continues to grow in specialism, and to develop MDT working practices. Alongside the established team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, there is now some input from pharmacy, dieticians, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and psychology. Some of these professions are relatively new in Ghana, and we are excited that the Stroke Unit has been able to secure their involvement, furthering the knowledge and skills within the team.
The second anniversary of KBTH Stroke Unit was celebrated in January 2016 – an opportunity to reflect on the significant progress made, and to share this with colleagues from across the hospital.
1Langhorne P, Williams BO, Gilchrist W, Howie K (1993). Do stroke units save lives? Lancet; 342: 395-8.
2Stroke Unit Trialists’ Collaboration (2002) Organised inpatient (stroke unit) care for stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews, 1, CD000197.
“I think WGSP has been one of the very solid partnerships I have ever seen because we have people come and donate and we have seen really great results. The Partnership started way back. We have something very positive to show and it’s still up and running. - I am lost for words. I think it is the best thing that has happened to Korle Bu.” - Ghanaian Stroke Care Lead, 2015