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What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a "brain attack". It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.Where are our inpatient wards?

There are two main causes of strokes:

Ischaemic – Where the blood supply is stopped due to a blood clot (this accounts for 85% of all cases)
Haemorrhagic – Where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts

There is also a related condition known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the supply of blood to the brain is temporarily interrupted, causing a "mini-stroke" often lasting between 30 minutes and several hours. TIAs should be treated seriously as they are often a warning sign that you are at risk of having a full stroke in the near future.

We have a designated stroke unit, which is also located in the Moorgate wing.

Who are our consultants?

Dr James Okwera
Dr Sunil Punnoose 

Contact Details

Switchboard (01709 820000)

A team of Specialist Stroke Nurses are available on 01709 428228 24 hours for any advice regarding stroke care.

Stroke Unit Reception 01709 424415

The Ward Manger, Mariano Ponte is available on extension 5942 via switchboard

The Ward Matron, Jacky Fairfax is available via email jacky.fairfax@rothgen.nhs.uk or via switchboard

The Therapy Team Leader, Gemma Hayden can be contacted via switchboard

Where we are 

The unit is based on C Level in the Moorgate Wing in the main hospital via the main entrance or the Moorgate wing entrance.
We accept patients who are referred via their GP, via our Emergency department and from community settings.

The wards visiting times are as follows –

15:00 hrs – 20:00 hrs

We ask relatives to leave at teatime unless they are there to help feed the patient. 

Carers and relatives are encouraged to assist at meal times if the patient is experiencing any difficulties taking diet, at the discretion of the Nursing staff. Please ask a member of ward staff if you would like to assist your loved one. 

Communicating with families/carers

During an admission family members/carers will be invited in to a ‘family meeting’ held with members of the Stroke team and if possible the patient to provide information following an acute stroke. This is an opportunity to ask any questions regarding medical/nursing/therapy care and to discuss any future plans for discharge. Ward staff will provide an estimated discharge date dependant on any further treatments and individual requirements for the patient such as, ongoing therapy or social assessments.
Arrangements can be made to speak to the relevant team members through the designated registered Nurse caring for the patient. If they are not available upon request, appointments can be made.

Our clinics

TIA Clinics are held on the ward, these clinics are held daily following referral from a GP or A&E.
Outpatient clinics are held In the Scarborough Suite C Level – please call our contact centre on 01709 4244555 to rearrange your appointment.

What do we do

Patients with an acute onset of stroke symptoms can be treated with thrombolysis which is available on site from our expert trained team. Out of hours through telemedicine facilities.

Our Specialist ward has 27 beds which are of mixed sex cared for In separate bays. Our specialist team of Nurses and Therapists care for patients through all stages of Stroke from acute onset to early rehabilitation prior to transferring to rehabilitation in the community. Patients who are admitted to the Stroke Unit will receive high quality standards of care and receive treatments, therapy and advice to regain functional independence.

We hold specialist Transient Ischaemic Attack clinics which are also known as a ‘mini stroke’. These clinics are a one stop shop for TIA patients where you will be seen by a Stroke Consultant, Stroke Specialist Nurse and receive appropriate diagnostic testing. If required a referral to therapy services will be made to enable you to see a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. Health advice and information is provided for patients following a TIA as a preventative to hopefully prevent an acute stroke.

We work closely with Dieticians to ensure patients receive the correct dietary requirements.

We have strong links with the following campaigns and external organisations:

Stroke Association


Contact us

Health Care for Older People

Telephone: 01709 820000

Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
S60 2UD

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