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The Stroke Unit is led 24-hours a day by highly experienced on-call stroke consultants. Your care on the Unit will be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and social workers.
The stroke team also visit inpatients on other wards at JHC who show any signs of neurological deterioration and / or potential stroke.
The team meets weekly to discuss each patient’s medical status, rehabilitation progress, goals of care and discharge plans - all of which are aligned with the Stroke Foundation’s best practice guidelines.
In the first 24 to 48 hours following a stroke, patients will be treated in the hyper-acute section of the ward where nursing staff carry out regular, highly comprehensive ‘observations’ to monitor their wellbeing.
The staff also follow a ‘72-hour stroke protocol’ which includes four hourly observations of vital signs and neurological functioning, frequent blood sugar monitoring and post-void bladder scans.
In addition, patients will also have a full allied health assessment within 48 hours of admission to the Stroke Unit – early assessment and intervention is imperative for optimal recovery.
The Unit contains a conveniently co-located Therapy Zone, which provides space and equipment for specialised physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists to work.