Elderly Stroke & Rehab

Our specialist stroke unit in Coventry provides high quality care for patients who have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

The benefits of our stroke unit include:
• Over 60% of stroke patients will have a CT scan within an hour of arrival.
• Some patients may benefit from thrombolysis (a clot busting drug), which is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
• We aim for all stroke patients to be admitted directly to a stroke bed, with imaging en-route to the ward, within four hours of arriving in hospital.
• All stroke patients are initially assessed daily by a specialist consultant clinician.
• Providing a regional service for patients from North and South Warwickshire who may be suitable for thrombolysis.

What is a stroke?
A stroke is a condition where the blood supply to part of the brain has been cut off. This can be caused by a blockage to the blood flow (an ischaemic stroke) or by a bleed (haemorrhage).

What is a TIA?
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA), also called a ‘mini stroke’, is a condition where the blood supply to part of the brain has been interrupted for a short time. The symptoms are similar to a stroke, but they are temporary, usually only lasting a few minutes to hours.

Strokes are a medical emergency and prompt treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.


Patient Information

Ward 41 Information Pack

Diet and Lifestyle Group - Reduce the risk of stroke


Elderly Stroke & Rehab Services


Stroke Wards
People who have had a stroke are cared for in our Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and Acute Stroke Unit. The units are located on Ward 41 at University Hospital. There are a total of 36 beds across the two units.

Hyper Acute Unit
The Hyper Acute Unit is where we care for people in the first few days after their stroke, while they are most unwell. In this area, patients will be assessed by a specialist neurology consultant each day. Patients will also be assessed, cared for and supported by nurses, health care assistants, speech and language therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Patients usually stay on the Hyper Acute Unit for a few days after their stroke and will then either be ready to go home, or move to the Acute Unit if they need further support and rehabilitation.

Acute Unit
The Acute Unit is where people who have had a stroke can stay for further support and rehabilitation, until they are able to go home from hospital. Rehabilitation involves helping people to restore some of their independence. The length of stay on this unit will depend upon the rate of recovery.

On the Acute Unit, our patients can receive support from the specialist team which is made up of consultant gerontologists, junior doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dietitian, orthoptist and psychologists.

Out of area patients
Patients from outside of the Coventry area may be discharged home from either unit, or if they have ongoing needs, will be repatriated to their local hospital when they are clinically stable.

Community and follow-up services
When patients are getting ready to go home from hospital, we work closely with the different community services to make sure patients can be discharged safely, as soon as possible, with the support they need.

Community Neuro Rehab Team
This team currently provides an Early Supported Discharge service for people living in the Coventry area. Therapists work with people in their own homes to continue their rehabilitation and recovery.

Elderly Rehabilitation Unit, Hospital of St Cross.
If people need to stay in hospital a little longer to recover from the physical effects of their stroke they may be referred to Mulberry Ward, part of the St Cross Rehabilitation Unit. Here they will receive treatment from a consultant gerontologist, junior doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and, if required, speech therapists and dietitian. The length of stay on this unit will depend upon the rate of recovery and the progress made. The Rehabilitation Team will work together with the patient and their relatives to plan discharge from hospital.

Contact and Useful links

For further information please contact Sarah Mountford, Stroke Services Co-ordinator, on 02476 968336 or email sarah.mountford@uhcw.nhs.uk

Stroke Association
Different strokes (support for younger stroke survivors)
Coventry Stroke Self- Help Group - 02476 421578/02476 677596
Coventry Carers
Regional Driving Assessment Centre

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