Stroke Unit

Overview

At Weston, there is a 20-bedded Stroke Unit with staff experienced in caring for people with stroke. People are usually admitted to the Stroke Unit via the Emergency Department.

The Stroke Unit is located on the second floor of the Main Hospital Site, on the East side of the building.

The Senior Sister and Manager of the Stroke Unit is Sister Cate Barber .

The direct number for the Stroke Unit is 01934 647073

Visiting

Sleep plays a vital part in patient recovery in the early stages after a stroke, and visitors can be very tiring for a patient.

For this reason, we ask visitors to visit only between the hours of 2.30pm - 4.30pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm. We also ask that each patient has a maximum of 2 visitors at a time. A crowded bed space can make it difficult for a nurse to carry out essential duties.

We have a rest period from 13:30pm – 2:30pm. At this time we turn the lights out and encourage patients to participate in bed rest.

Family and friends can visit the ward out of visiting hours to attend prearranged meetings or treatment sessions.

 

What do I need whilst in the Unit?

Please supply nightwear, slippers and dressing gown as well as your own toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving foam, razors or electric shaver etc.). We will provide towels. Staff on the Unit will let you know when to bring in clothes to wear. Please bring in sensible shoes to wear whilst undergoing therapy.

 

Discharge

Planning for discharge will start as soon as you are admitted and the team may approach you for information.

Before discharge assessments and decisions will be made with you about any support you may need in the community such as on-going therapy, care package, meals on wheels etc.

If you have a small stroke with no disabilities then you are likely to be discharged quickly.If you have mild difficulties then you may be discharged with support from the community services.If you have a major stroke then you may be in hospital for a longer period of rehabilitation. Timescales will depend on your progress. Unfortunately some strokes are devastating and we will ensure appropriate, quality end of life care (QELCA) on the Unit if this is necessary.

 

The Stroke Service

For more information about services and clinics for patients who have had a stroke or TIA, please see the Stroke Service page.