The Stroke Unit (Ward 53/54) based at Kings Mill Hospital, is a 29 bedded ward which cares for patients who have had an acute stroke and provides rehabilitation following initial treatment.
They provide a thrombolysis service ('clot busting drug') 24 hours a day 7 days a week, which we use to treat a stroke caused by a blood clot and the onset of the stroke is within 4 and a half hours (as well as other criteria which is taken into consideration by the stroke consultants). Where clinically appropriate, the team refer patients to QMC, Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm , for Mechanical Thrombectomy ('clot retrieval') which is a procedure where a 'guide wire' is used to remove the clot causing the stroke (used in conjunction with thrombolysis usually and has certain criteria too).
The service is “A rated” in the care we deliver by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). We are the best in the East Midlands for the Stroke Care we deliver and among the top 10 in the country.
The team also run TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack or ‘mini stroke’) clinics on the unit, where patients whose symptoms have resolved and are deemed as high risk will be seen the next day (Monday to Friday at SFH, Saturday and Sundays at NUH) by a stroke consultant and have appropriate investigations and results all in the same day.
Alongside the Stroke Unit there is an Early Supported Discharge team who provide rehabilitation for stroke patients in their own homes following discharge. There are criteria for accessing the service, however over 50% of our stroke patients use the service. The Early Supported Discharge Team or “ESD”, provide specialised rehabilitation for patients in their homes for up to 6 weeks following discharge.
Stroke Ward - 01623 622515 extension 2353
Stroke Unit - 01623 622515 extension 4622