Patients with suffering from a stroke in our catchment area will initially be taken to the nearest hyper acute stroke unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, or to Peterborough City Hospital. These hospitals offer emergency diagnostic scanning, close monitoring and in some cases, thrombolytic treatment.
The Stroke Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital receives patients from these hospitals for rehabilitation and discharge planning once they are well enough for safe transport, typically on the third hospital day. We have the use of a twenty-five bedded stroke ward and a large gym area situated nearby.
Our team includes a Consultant Physician, a Specialist Nurse, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists specialising in neurological conditions, speech therapists, dieticians and a Stroke Family Services Organiser working mostly in the community.
- To maximise physical and psychological recovery
- To ensure that preventative secondary measures are in place
- To facilitate a patient’s return home
- To offer effective palliative care on the ward for patients with a poor prognosis
Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Stroke Service also operates a weekly low-risk TIA (Transient Ischemic attack) clinic with patients referred by GPs, the A&E Department and occasionally other sources such as the eye clinic.