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
- 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.
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.
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.
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 999 straight away.
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
- High Dependency Unit
- CPA Accredited Pathology Services
As soon as the stroke has been diagnosed, medication and treatment can be started.
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:
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Clinical Neuro-Psychologists
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