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Patients & Visitors

Acute Stroke Unit


General Information

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The Ward

nurse checking wrist band

The Acute Stroke Unit (ward B6) is located in Zone B on the ground floor.

We are a 26 bedded ward, with a 4 bedded hyper-acute bay where new patients to the ward are admitted, including those who have received clot-busting treatment (thrombolysis) in the Emergency Department.

Research has shown that patients with stroke who receive rapid and specialist treatment on an acute stroke unit have a better chance of survival and are more likely to regain independence and have less long-term disability.

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The Team

patient with walking aid

The team includes 4 stroke consultants as well as a geriatrician with an interest in stroke medicine, who work together to provide 7-day medical cover. This includes assessing patients with high risk suspected TIA at the weekends.

The team also consists of nurses (including a consultant nurse for stroke), physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and healthcare assistants. We work closely together as a multidisciplinary team and meet daily to discuss patients' progress and plan for their discharge home or to other hospitals in the community.

We always endeavour to explain treatment and care plans to both patients and relatives.

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Other Facilities

outpatient in gym

The stroke unit includes a gym where regular therapy sessions for inpatients take place, a courtyard garden and an outpatients department which provides rapid assessment clinics for patients with suspected TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks) during weekdays.

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