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About the Stroke Clinic

The Stroke Clinic at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the best equipped private centers for stroke rehabilitation in the UK. Our state-of-the-art facility provides initial care and treatment for private patients while in hospital and on-going rehabilitation once the patient has returned home.

We work in partnership with our patients and their families to ensure the best medical care and fullest possible recovery.

Our Stroke Consultants

The Stroke Clinic has access to state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a vast network of expert Consultants who cover a wide range of specialties.

Our expertise

We understand that a stroke is a frightening experience for people and their families. It involves immediate medical treatment and sometimes months of ongoing rehabilitation. It can be difficult coming to terms with what has happened, as well as learning the practical steps needed to ensure the best possible recovery.

Our Stroke Clinic is one of the UK’s best equipped private facilities for post-stroke care and rehab, is a fully accredited BUPA rehabilitation stroke unit, and offers an extensive range of services, personalised treatment programmes, as well as all the clinical and emotional support necessary for a speedy recovery.

The stroke care team

Should you come to the clinic, you’ll be cared for by a multi-disciplinary team led by Consultant Physicians and Neurologists, all of whom hold senior positions in London Teaching Hospitals.

The other members of the stroke care team include:

  • Resident Medical Officers who provide 24-hour on-site medical cover
  • Nurses and healthcare assistants who will be your primary carers, providing day-to-day care, dispensing medication and making sure you’re comfortable
  • Physiotherapists who will help optimize your muscle tone, and improve balance, co-ordination and function
  • Occupational Therapists who will carry out physical and cognitive assessments, and work with you to plan recovery goals
  • Speech and Language Therapists who will help you overcome any swallowing or communication difficulties
  • Neuro-Psychologists
  • Dieticians
  • Discharge Co-ordinators who can help arrange your care once you’ve left hospital

Accommodation & facilities

You’ll have your own room which is equipped with all the facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy units are well-equipped and provide areas where you can practice and improve the skills that will help you get back home and living your life to the fullest. All elements of our Stroke Care service are provided on-site.

Family support

A stroke can also have a huge impact on your surrounding family. we can provide ongoing support to your family, as well as a safe space to discuss specific issues.

Visitors

Family members and visitors are always welcome as they’re an important part of your support network. However, it’s also important for our patients to get plenty of rest and quiet, particularly in the first few days of their admission. As such, we’ll offer advice on the most suitable times to visit and will always be on hand to answer any questions.

Emergency care

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 999 straight away.

Initial care

Outside the “3-hour thrombolysis window”, our Stroke Care Team has access to a full range of services and personnel that enable us to deliver high quality initial medical care.  These include:

  • Assessment by a Consultant Physician and a Consultant Neurologist
  • 24 hour on-site RMO’s (Resident Medical Officers)
  • Assessment by the full multidisciplinary Stroke Care Team: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Speech & Language Therapists, Neuro-Psychologists
  • State-of-the-art CT & MRI Scanning, Radiology & Vascular Ultrasound
  • Cardiology
  • High Dependency Unit
  • CPA Accredited Pathology Services

As soon as the stroke has been diagnosed, medication and treatment can be started.

Rehabilitation

After a stroke, good nursing care focuses on assessment and preventing complications. Once the person is stable, the stroke care team will work out an individual rehabilitation programme, which will be aimed at helping people regain as much independence as possible, by relearning skills they have lost, learning new skills and finding ways to manage any permanent disabilities.

Our stroke team are also able to create rehabilitation programmes for people who suffered a stroke many years ago. Recent studies show intense rehab, even years after a stroke, can have a positive impact.

The rehabilitation programme developed for each person may include the support from our team of:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Clinical Neuro-Psychologists
  • Dieticians
  • Ophthalmologists

Mini-stroke (TIA) assessment service

The risk of developing a stroke after a mini -stroke (also known as Transient Ischaemic Attack or TIA) can be as high as 30% within the first month, with the greatest risk within the first 72 hours.

As part of our range of services, we offer a Rapid-Access TIA Assessment, which utilities our full range of diagnostic facilities and the combined expertise of our team. Our goal is to identify and treat the cause of the TIA, to help prevent further TIAs and reduce your risk of having a stroke.

Accessing the stroke care services

Referrals to our Stroke Clinic are welcomed from GPs, A&E Departments and other medical practitioners.

The services we offer are:

  • initial care
  • rehabilitation following a stroke
  • investigation of TIA

 

 


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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    Our charity

    St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is a charity, which means that every time you come here for a treatment, you are helping someone less fortunate than yourself.

    Our aim is to care for the sick, whilst using the profits we make to fund our on-site hospice and clinics. We aim to make sure patients receive the support and treatment they need in an environment that is safe and secure, offering the very highest standards of care to all who seek it.

    As a charity, we must operate on a not-for-profit basis and our assets are used for charitable purposes.

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