Patients are usually brought here from A&E, EAU, others wards and sometimes patients are transferred from other hospitals.
Once they are here the consultants, nurses and therapists will assess, begin 24-hour care and therapy, then decide with the patient and their family what steps to take with regards to the future, i.e. going home with community care, on to a rehabilitation unit or into a Nursing Home.
The Acute Stroke Unit is based in the main hospital on the first floor. It has been a dedicated unit since 1999. The Rapid Access TIA Clinic is also based on the ward.
There is a dedicated staff team of consultants, nurses (and health care assistants), physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and domestic staff based on the ward. Treatment on the Acute Stroke Unit is part of a care pathway for stroke.
In order to aid communication between the hospital team and the patient and their neext of kin, there is a keyworker sytem whereby patients have a named therapist for information and to liaise between the medical team, patient and family.