Our stroke unit offers specialist care, treatment and rehabilitation to patients who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), otherwise known as a mini-stroke.

More than 150,000 have a stroke in England each year, and it is the country’s third largest cause of death. People aged over 65 are most at risk, as are smokers and people who are overweight or have high blood pressure.

Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, either because of a clot or when a weakened blood vessel in the brain bursts. A medical emergency, they can lead to serious disability and even death. Getting the right treatment immediately is essential, as it can significantly improve a patient’s chance of making a good recovery.

People can use the FAST guidance is they suspect someone is having a stroke:

  • Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  • Arm weakness – can they raise both arms?
  • Speech problems – can they speak clearly and understand what you say?
  • Time to call 999

Anyone who has had a suspected TIA, which happens when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted, should also seek specialist help as they are often a warning that a stroke is coming.

We offer a variety of treatments for stroke, which will be specially tailored depending on the type of stroke you have had, its cause and which part of the brain it has affected. Usually, strokes are treated with medicines to prevent and remove blood clots and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In other cases, surgery may be needed to repair the damage caused by the stroke or clear fatty deposits in your arteries.

Following your stroke, our team of consultants, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists will work together to develop a rehabilitation plan. The plan will be specifically tailored to your needs, and the elements which make it up will depend on your symptoms and their severity.

The damage caused by a stroke can vary greatly. Some people may need only a short period of rehabilitation before regaining their independence, while others may never fully recover. Our team will continue to offer you specialist care, including follow up appointments in our neurology outpatient clinic, throughout your recovery.