Acute stroke services are delivered within two newly refurbished units at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (24 beds) and Bassetlaw (22 beds). A dedicated ward based multidisciplinary team of nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and dietetic staff work closely together with the specialist consultants.

Safe and effective discharge planning is achieved with  input from both the social worker and dynamic discharge facilitator.

Patients requiring long periods of rehabilitation are transferred to Rowan Lodge based at Tickhill Road Hospital. This is a 24 bedded stroke rehabilitation unit comprising of 18 rehabilitation beds and 4 palliative care beds for stroke patients requiring end of life care. The Stroke Physician manages both the acute and rehabilitaion services at Doncaster and Tickhill Road therefore enabling continuity of care.

At Bassetlaw both acute and rehabilitation services are provided on ward A4

In all three units, a weekly multidisciplinary team meeting takes place to promote realistic goals for patients to achieve their optimum independence status or other pathway of care. A weekly relatives clinic is held by the Stroke Physician. Ward sisters are available also to discuss issues regarding patient care. These clinics allow for more effective communication with families. 

The Acute Stroke Services at Doncaster now provide a thrombolysis service for patients presenting with a stroke.

The Stroke Physician holds twice weekly rapid access Transient  Ischaemic Attack (TIA) clinics at Doncaster with Clinical Support Worker input. There is also a TIA clinic at Bassetlaw.

A Stroke Research nurse is employed and currently is involved in four research projects.

Stroke services within the Trust are overall supported by the Stroke Coordinator and are in line with the government led Stroke Strategy launched in December 2007.





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