If you have a stroke
assessment and treatment in the first 72 hours after having a stroke is vital.
If you have a stroke and live
in Rotherham, you will be admitted to the specialist hyper acute stroke unit at
either the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield or Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
You will then be transferred
to Rotherham Hospital for your rehabilitation and ongoing care if required.
Some patients may be discharged directly home, but these will be followed up by
our local team.
When in Rotherham’s stroke
unit, you will receive specialist care, assessments and monitoring from the
time of admission.
This will include assessments
- Mobility (movement and getting around)
- Memory and concentration (ability
to complete daily tasks)
Treatment and rehabilitation
plans will be put in place.
Working with you, your family
and/or carers, we will also consider issues related to managing at home, such
as shopping and food preparation.
Following admission, family
and carers will be invited to attend a family meeting. If family members or
carers wish to discuss anything with a member of the stroke medical team, they
can ask one of the ward nurses and a meeting can be arranged.
If you need further rehabilitation at
home, our multidisciplinary team will enable you to return home as quickly
as possible, and continue to see you in the community to enable you to
continue working on your rehabilitation goals, with social support if needed.
Rehabilitation in the intermediate care setting is sometimes available,
depending on individual need
Some patients may not be able
to return home. This could be because they are frail or due to the severity of
their stroke. In these cases, it may be most appropriate to move into a
residential home or nursing home.
Our team will work closely
with you (where appropriate), your family and carers to involve you in the
decision making process from the beginning.
The team work closely with the
Integrated Discharge Team and link with social workers within the hospital and
external partners such as: