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Dr Graham Abbott has seen his quality scores jump after holding a stroke information evening in his practice.

Dr Abbott said he was 'flabbergasted' when 60 patients and their carers turned up for the event ­ especially as a practice open evening two years ago had only attracted three patients.

During the evening patients were given information on how they could tackle their condition and what they should expect their GP to do, including cholesterol testing and statin prescribing.

Dr Abbott, a GP in Ripon, North Yorkshire, said the practice had seen an improvement in quality points for measuring stroke sufferers' cholesterol levels since the open evening. 'The feedback from the evening was very positive,' said Dr Abbott, 'and the feeling was that we should try it for other areas like diabetes.'

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