Patients who have had a recent stroke (i.e. <48 hours ago) are taken by ambulance to one of our three Hyper Acute Stroke Units. Patients who have had a stroke after this time will be seen at their District Stroke Centre.
Patients taken to a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit are reviewed by a specialist stroke team who assess whether they have had a stroke and order tests such as a brain scan to confirm a diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with a stroke <4 hours ago may be suitable to receive a clot busting treatment called thrombolysis.
Patients brought to a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit are normally transferred (also called repatriation) to their District Stroke Centre within 3 days, although some may remain if too unwell to move
Some patients may be well enough to be discharged home from the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit after a short stay. Others who have been transferred to their District Stroke Centre may need continued rehabilitation support before they are discharged. This is usually under the care of an Early Supported Discharge or Community Rehabilitation team who work closely with the hospital team and also voluntary sector organisations who may offer extra support.