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Walk into a typical acute hospital on a weekend or overnight, and it feels like a very different place than on a weekday. Most laboratories, theatres and diagnostics run reduced services, the corridors are quiet, and you are more likely to see a doctor or nurse rushing to an emergency than walking the wards on consults or rounds. Strokes however do not happen only when the hospital is best prepared, with 6 in 10 strokes occurring overnight or on weekends.
This discontinuity between the provision of healthcare across the working week and the presentation of stroke has raised concerns that patients admitted on weekends and …
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