Admission to a Stroke Unit
Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit
Ongoing Hospital Care
Hospital Stroke Unit
Hospital Based Rehabilitation
Community Hospital Rehabilitation
Early Supported Discharge
Rehabilitation at Home
Recognising a Stroke
Types of Stroke
Living Well with Stroke
Ongoing Support from your GP
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Stroke
From left to right: Lisa Sweeney Stroke Specialist Nurse, Claire Barratt Lead Stroke Specialist Nurse, Dr Raad Nari Stroke Consultant, Emma Fletton Stroke Specialist Nurse, Emma Young Stroke Researcher.
The Stroke Unit at the Ashford and St Peters Hospital is committed to providing the best treatment and care possible to its stroke patients.
The Acute Stroke Unit is based within the modern Duchess of Kent Wing at St Peters Hospital. It provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients who have had a stroke or who are suspected of having had one. The stroke unit provides hyperacute stroke and neurology services, supported with cardiac monitoring and specialist nursing and consultant care.
Because the Stroke Unit is within a modern specialist unit, it has access to inteventional equipment and a wealth of expertise. It also works closely with the hospital's Vascular Surgery Department.
The Stroke Unit has 2 consultants and a multi-disciplinary staff including specialist therapists and specialist nurses. Patients who are suspected of having a stroke are admitted to the Unit for evaluation. This may include the following tests: a CT scan; a carotid artery Doppler and ECG (electrocardiogram).
There are 30 acute and longer stay stroke beds at St Peters Hospital. Patients needing further rehabilitation may be transferred to the neurorehabilitation service at either Ashford hospital, Woking community or the Bradley Unit.
Outpatient services include a follow up clinic for patients who have had a stroke and a one-stop clinic for those who have had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). This is a 'mini stroke' where the blood supply to the brain is only briefly interrupted and symptoms of stroke are temporary
The Unit is part of the South East Stroke Research Network, http://www.uksrn.ac.uk one of eight networks in the UK, which aims to promote stroke research to doctors and patients, and provide opportunities for collaboration.
The Stroke Unit provides a 24 hour, 7 days a week service for thrombolysis (giving 'clot-busting' drugs to break down blood clots).