The Trust’s specialist stroke unit provides a 7-day service for acute stroke care with 19 bedded unit (including 1 assessment bed) and 4 step down beds. The service is consultant led with Specialist Registrar (SpR) support. Two of the stroke consultants and one of the registrars are stroke specialists whilst one of the stroke consultants is a stroke sub specialist, ensuring the provision of a high level of specialist stroke care tailored to individual patient need.
All patients with stroke have access to designated stroke rehabilitation services. The stroke unit also has a physiotherapy gymnasium and a fully equipped OT assessment room for Activities of Daily Living (ADL) rehabilitation. The service also has excellent links with the Stroke Association
Family Support Rehabilitation is provided by a full multidisciplinary team, including Stroke/ TIA specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists and dieticians.
In addition, GEH are the only Trust in the area to provide a stroke outreach rehabilitation service, which provides many of the benefits of Early Supported Discharge (ESD) by offering rehabilitation and support within the patient’s home environment, to compliment the rehabilitation services that patients receive as an inpatient.
The Stroke Outreach Rehabilitation Team (SORT) work alongside carers/relatives to promote progress and maximise independence of the patient by providing support with personal care and meal preparation as part of a rehabilitation plan set between the therapists and the patient, and where appropriate, their family.