Author Affiliations: Dr Foster Unit, Imperial College London (Mr Palmer and Drs Bottle, Vincent, and Aylin), National Audit Office (Mr Palmer), University College London Partners Academic Health, Sciences Partnership (Dr Davie), London, England.
We thank Sheppard et al, Bray et al, and Manfredini et al for their interest in our study on weekend stroke care.1 The results Sheppard and colleagues quote reiterate the need for better access to urgent stroke care at weekends. As such, we fully agree that addressing this issue should be a key consideration for future configurations of stroke services.
Palmer WL, Bottle A, Davie C, Vincent CA, Aylin P. Weekend Admissions and Increased Risk for Mortality: Less Urgent Treatments Only?—Reply. JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(1):131-133. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.706