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Stroke Rehabilitation

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK’s foremost specialist units for stroke treatment and stroke rehab.

Stroke rehabilitation

A stroke is caused by a clot or a bleed in the brain which causes brain cells to die.

A stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK and remains the most common cause of severe disability with more than 250,000 people living with disability as a result of Stroke.

Following a stroke, people may experience:

  • Motor impairment, weakness or paralysis
  • Lack of feeling
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Speech or language difficulties
  • Problems of perception
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Behaviour changes
  • Difficulties with bowel or bladder control (urinary or faecal incontinence)
  • Fatigue
  • Psychological impairment / mood changes, depression, and changes in cognitive functioning
  • Post-stroke pain
  • Epilepsy

Recovery from stroke and rehabilitation

Of people who survive a stroke around half will be left with significant disability. Having said that, the brain is remarkably adaptable and in the months or years after a stroke, many cells that have sustained damage recover some of their function. At the same time other areas of the brain take over the functions performed by the cells that have died.

The time it takes to recover is extremely variable. Commonly people have a surge of recovery in the weeks following a stroke, followed by a slower recovery over the next year to 18 months or so. Recent studies show intensive rehabilitation even years after a stroke can have a positive impact on a patient.

Rehabilitation following stroke is about the process of achieving the best level of independence as possible by:

  • Learning new skills
  • Relearning skills and abilities
  • Adapting to the physical, emotional and social consequences of the stroke.

How we can help

Our interdisciplinary team of Consultants, Nursing staff, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist (with access to as required to Neuro-Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy) aim to provide a patient centred, goal orientated approach to Stroke Rehabilitation to enable the individual to reach their optimum level of recovery.

We motivate patients to participate in their rehabilitation programmes and support them to transfer skills obtained into their own homes, including return to work, family or education.

Contact us

Patients with a Request Form or letter of referral wishing to make an appointment should call us on: 020 7806 4075 or email us at: strokeunit@hje.org.uk

Referrals to the Stroke Unit are welcomed from GPs, A&E Departments and other medical practitioners. The details of each case will be accessed by the Stroke Care Team with the involvement of the referring clinician and a decision to accept or decline will be made on a clinical basis.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 6.00pm

At all other times please call: 020 7806 4000 – ask for the “08 Bleep Holder”.

Fixed price self pay respite care packages

Respite care package 3 nights - £2,830

  • Consultation with Consultant Physician
  • Daily follow up with Consultant Physician
  • 3 bed nights with nursing care
  • Blood tests FBC and U&Es on admission only
  • 3 physiotherapy sessions (30 mins per session)

*any additional tests or required imaging would be chargeable

Respite care package 5 nights - £4,492

  • Consultation with Consultant Physician
  • Daily follow up with Consultant Physician
  • 5 bed nights with nursing care
  • Blood tests FBC and U&Es on admission only
  • 5 physiotherapy sessions (30 mins per session)

*any additional tests or required imaging would be chargeable

Respite care package 7 nights - £6,154

  • Consultation with Consultant Physician
  • Daily follow up with Consultant Physician
  • 7 bed nights with nursing care
  • Blood tests FBC and U&Es on admission only
  • 7 physiotherapy sessions (30 mins per session)

*any additional tests or required imaging would be chargeable

Stroke Clinic

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is equipped to provide expert treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation support for patients and their families.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4075.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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