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If you have a stroke

Receiving specialist 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 for:

  • Swallowing
  • Nutrition
  • Continence
  • 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:

  • The Stroke Association, who can provide you and your family with sources of support during and after discharge

  • The Red Cross

  • Age Concern

Contact us

Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
S60 2UD

Telephone: 01709 820000