What is a stroke?
A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ caused by a disturbance of the blood supply to the brain. A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So recognising the signs of a stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.
At Darent Valley Hospital there is a dedicated team of specialist health care professionals that are on site to provide rapid assessments to assess for the use of a clot busting drug that can be given to some people in the early stages of a stroke.
All stroke patients will be admitted to the stroke unit where they will be under the care of a multidisciplinary team that will provide specialised care to facilitate the recovery from a stroke.
Rehabilitation starts from day one, with a plan for treatment such as methods of feeding, communication and other aspects of care, drawn up by the rehabilitation team. This team is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and nursing and medical staff.
The team also provide rapid access clinics for those patients that have had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or ‘mini stroke’, where patients are assessed by specialised practitioners to facilitate treatment and advice to prevent a further attack.