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Stroke Services

Acute Stroke Services

Patients with a stroke will be admitted to the Acute Stroke Unit. The Unit is lead by Dr Sunil Herath and Dr Appu Suman who are both Consultants in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team who are experts in the field of stroke medicine. The Stroke Team are dedicated to providing the best care and outcomes they can for stroke patients. The Team is able to offer rapid and early diagnosis following a suspected stroke using the most advanced techniques and technology including CT and MIR Scanners. This means that patients receive the right treatment as quickly as possible which can help speed up recovery.

WWL’s Stroke Service is part of the Greater Manchester Regional Thrombolysis Service. If you have a suspected stroke and contact 999 or are admitted via A&E you could be transferred to Salford Royal initially, where you may receive clot bust treatment (Thrombolysis) if you require it. You will then be transferred back to Wigan, RAEI for further treatment.

Some people recover enough so that they do not require any further treatment in hospital and are able to go home. If patients do need more care and help with rehabilitation our Community Stroke Team [Add in link to CST] will provide a comprehensive programme of care at home involving doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech, language and occupational therapists; as well as working closely with social worker colleagues so that patients will receive all the support and advice they may need.

TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack) Services

Our TIA services are one of the best in the region. It is unique in that we usually offer two scans on the same day to help diagnose a possible stroke:

  • A CT scan (computerised (axial) tomography scan) which uses X-rays to create detailed images of the inside of the brain. This scanner is not a tunnel, so does not make the patient  feel claustrophobic
  • A Carotid Doppler Ultrasound Scan - which shows blood flow in the arteries of the neck and if there is a narrowing of blood vessels reducing or stopping blood flow

Patients will then be seen by a specialist in stroke medicine, medication and treatment can then be started immediately.
We have rapid access to Vascular Services, and patients who require them can be referred, and sometimes seen by a member of their team that same day.

The TIA Clinic runs Monday to Friday. New patients attend in the morning, are assessed by a specialist nurse, attend required investigations and are asked to return in the afternoon to be seen by a doctor who would review them, explain their results and advise on management.

Patients are asked to please bring a list of their current medication.

The clinic can be contacted on 01942 822596 Monday to Friday 08:00 – 15.30.

Referrals from GPs can be faxed to 01942 778760 or e-mailed to TIAclinic@wwl.nhs.uk

PDF Document Download the Stroke Patient Handbook

Community Stroke Team 

The Community Stroke Team (CST) will provide a service which integrates patient care from a hospital environment into the community, either in their homes or a care home (depending on the severity of the stroke). The Team will provide therapy services to people who have been discharged from hospital for the first six – eight weeks after their stroke. The main aim of the service is to improve/restore a patient’s functions after their stroke and enhance their quality of life. The Team works closely with other community teams, for example Social Services; as well as voluntary organisations.

The CST will have the benefit of working alongside the experienced and established stroke clinicians within WWL; this includes therapy, nursing and medical staff. At key points within the patient’s care the Stroke Team will ensure that they link in with the patient’s GP.

Throughout their rehabilitation the patient will be at the centre of any decision making regarding their care.

The Team: The team is led by Helen Mee and comprises of:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Dietician and Nutrition Nurse
  • Stroke Specialist Nurse
  • Therapy Assistants

Senior staff all have in-depth experience and knowledge of stroke.

The team will be able to refer on to other professionals and services as appropriate.

Service Hours

The service is run from 8:30am to 4:30pm seven days a week. However, the service is flexible and appointments to see patients outside of these hours may be arranged if necessary.

Waiting Times

There are no waiting times for this service. Patients will have contact with a member of the team within 24 hours of leaving hospital. All patients will receive an assessment six months after being discharged from hospital to reassess their care requirements. This is in line with new government targets and ensures a higher level of patient care.