The Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG) for the Kent and Medway Stroke Review will meet to consider the decision-making business case and reach a final decision on whether to proceed with the recommended preferred option for establishing hyper acute stroke units at Maidstone, Darent Valley and William Harvey hospitals.

The JCCCG will meet on Thursday 14 February at 2pm at the Hilton Hotel, Maidstone. This meeting will be open to members of the public. Places are limited and it is essential to register in advance at https://kmstroke-jcccg-14feb19.eventbrite.co.uk. If you are not able to register online please call 0300 7906796.

The decision making business case, which will form the basis of the discussion at the meeting, will be published at www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke on Wednesday 23 January.

For those unable to attend the JCCCG meeting, we will make a public announcement on the outcome as soon as possible after the close of the meeting on 14 February. Once a decision has been made, and if appropriate, we will move into the implementation phase of the stroke review.

If the recommended preferred option is agreed by the JCCCG, our ambition is to implement hyper acute stroke units as quickly as possible to improve the quality of stroke care for people in Kent and Medway, and those in our border communities. Currently, despite the tireless hard work and commitment of our staff, our local stroke services are rated as some of the poorest in the country.

Our proposals would see stroke services in Kent and Medway changing for the better. Combining our staff and resources into three hyper acute units, able to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will allow us to deliver excellent care to stroke patients. These units would improve stroke care and outcomes for people, and we believe we will save an additional life every fortnight as a result.