STROKE patients are set to benefit from world class care as the Princess Royal University Hospital becomes one of only nine hospitals in London to operate a hyper acute stroke unit.

With stroke being the second biggest killer across the capital, the specialised treatments available in the unit should provide better outcomes for patients.

It will start with six beds with the South London Healthcare NHS Trust hoping to open another eight beds to create a 14 bedded unit in the autumn.

The trust’s chief executive Dr Chris Streather said: “This is great news for the trust and for our patients.

“I would like to thank the stroke teams across the trust for their hard work and the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network for their invaluable support.”

The news comes after a major review by the Care Quality Commission on stroke care published in January found that Bromley was one of the least well performing areas in the country.