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Acute stroke unit

Our dedicated stroke unit comprises 14 acute stroke beds on Benfleet ward and 26 stroke/neuro-rehabilitation beds on Paglesham ward, and offers a 24-hour thrombolysing or 'clot-busting' service and we are able to provide a brain scan within the first 24 hours of the stroke.

This procedure dramatically increases the chance of recovery following an attack. Our unit has emergency and rehabilitation wards side-by-side, a purpose-built gym and the Jack King patient information centre.

Symptoms of a stroke can include:

  • Paralysis or weakness of one side of the body
  • Dysarthria - muscles of speech impaired causing slurring
  • Dysphagia - muscles of swallowing impaired
  • Visual deficits - double vision, decreased visual acuity
  • Sensory impairment - absent or diminished response to touch, pain, pressure
  • Dysphasia - difficulty in expression and/or comprehension
  • Intellectual impairment - memory loss, poor judgement or reasoning

Our multidisciplinary team provides a great stroke rehabilitation service.  We base our care on the National Clinical Guidelines for stroke. We have a large multidisciplinary team consisting of many professionals specialising in stroke care including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and Language therapists, dietitians and stroke support workers. Each professional brings their specialised knowledge to ensure a holistic approach to the rehabilitation of each patient.   

Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) clinic

We currently run our TIA clinic in the day assessment unit, situated on the ground floor of the Prittlewell Building. The clinic runs weekly from Monday to Friday and aims to reduce the risk factors for stroke. We are able to access a range of diagnostic tests including ECGs, phlebotomy and carotid Doppler scan slots. Our aim is to identify the risk factors for each patient and ensure that treatment is optimised to reduce the risk as much as possible. Our staff can give information on healthy life style changes such as diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and giving up smoking, all of which can help reduce the risk of stroke.  

As we aim to carry out as many of the tests and assessments possible at the TIA clinic, it does mean that you may be at the hospital for several hours. If possible we advise that you bring along anyone who witnessed the event leading to your referral to the clinic, as well as a list of your current medications.    

Contact us

Stroke support team:                 01702 385381

Paglesham ward:                         01702 385187

Benfleet ward:                             01702 385471

Day assessment unit:                01702 385371