The Worcestershire Royal Hospital has a centralised stroke service providing specialist nursing care to people with stroke 24/7 on a designated stroke ward. The stroke unit provides specialist assessment by a skilled multi-disciplinary team to optimise recovery. The team includes Stroke Consultants, neuro physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists and stroke specialist nurses. There is access to opthalmology and orthoptic services and the unit has strong links with the vascular team.
TIA clinics are held daily Monday-Friday on the stroke unit with access to CT scanning and carotid doppler ultrasound.
Other investigations available include MRI, echocardiogram, ECG and 24hr holter monitoring.
Patients admitted to A&E with a stroke within 4.5 hours of symptom onset will be rapidly assessed for their suitability to receive 'clot busting' treatment - thrombolysis is provided 24/7 with access to a 4 bedded hyper-acute bay situated on the acute stroke unit for post thrombolysis care.
Patients may undergo the following tests in order to confirm a stroke diagnosis and determine the cause:
- CT scan (computerised tomography)
- MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Carotid artery doppler
The team also work closely with colleagues in the community, once a stroke patient leaves hospital, they will have a follow up appointment with a specialist stroke doctor and another appointment with the multi-disciplinary team of stroke specialists.
To talk to one of our stroke Nurses, please contact the team directly
Please note that not all stroke patients are followed up by a consultant on discharge - patients who have out-patient tests will mostly be telephoned with the result by one of the stroke specialist nurses rather than having a face-to-face appointment.
There is lots of information available to patients who have had a stroke, which can be found on the stroke association website.
Other useful resources and information can be found on the county wide Worcestershire stroke service website.
Meet the team
We have a dedicated team of specilists who work with each patient to provide care whilst in hospital including our consultants