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Stroke

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Colchester Hospital

We run mini-stroke (TIA) clinics 7 days a week. In these clinics, you will be reviewed by consultants and will have most of the investigations on the same day

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Clinics

Contact

01206 747 474

Staying in hospital

Ward information

Our stroke service provides hyperacute stroke unit care with 6 monitored beds. We admit more than 600 stroke patients every year. We provide clot busting treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Following hyperacute care, patients are stepped down to the acute and rehabilitation beds within the stroke unit.

Patients are subsequently transferred to Kate Grant Ward in Clacton hospital and or early supported discharge service for further rehabilitation if necessary.

In total there are 33 beds in the well-equipped stroke unit with excellent facilities to aid recovery. There is a specialist medical, nursing and therapy team. National benchmarking data indicates that we are the best performing unit in East of England over the last 5 years since the availability of data.

Ipswich Hospital

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Clinics

Contact

Main Hospital Number: 01473 712 233

Stroke Nurse-led Clinic: 01473 702 675

Stroke/TIA Rapid Assessment: 01473 704 136

Staying in hospital

Ward information

Our stroke unit provides hyper-acute stroke care. This involves intensive nursing, medical and therapy input in the first 24 to 72 hours following stroke onset.

We aim to treat the stroke and reduce any further damage whilst trying to find out why the stroke occurred. Treatment usually takes place in one of our four-bedded, hyper-acute units.

Patients who need on-going inpatient care are transferred to our other stroke beds which are in single-sex bays on Shotley and Sproughton wards.

Stroke services

We provide stroke services for patients at both Colchester and Ipswich Hospital.

If you or someone with you has had a stroke it is very important that treatment is received as quickly as possible.

How to tell if someone is having a stroke

You can recognize a stroke by using the FAST test:

FACE          Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

ARMS         Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

SPEECH      Is their speech slurred?

TIME          Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.

Act F.A.S.T.   Visit NHS Act Fast to find out more.

For additional information about stroke, please visit the NHS Choices website

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