Stroke Medicine

Ward 6B

0300 422 5348

Ward 6A

0300 422 6975

Patients who have had strokes are treated by a multi-disciplinary team which specialises in stroke care.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is damage to the brain caused by an interruption to its blood supply or rupture of a blood vessel causing leakage of blood into the brain. It is a common cause of brain injury and can vary in severity from causing very mild symptoms, varying degrees of disability and even death. It is the brain equivalent of a heart attack. Read more about all aspects of strokes and stroke care on NHS Choices.

Our services

Research has shown that stroke patients treated on a stroke unit do better than those treated on normal medical wards. Patients are more likely to survive the stroke, have fewer disabilities and be able to live independently if treated on a stroke unit. Our Stroke Unit is based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Ward 6B, which specialises in treatment for the acute phase of stroke and Ward 6A which specialises in stroke rehabilitation. Some patients may also be treated on Ward 8A which is our Neurology ward. The Stroke Team will aim to medically stabilise your condition and identify any problems by carrying out a series of multi-disciplinary assessments.

The team

Patients who have had strokes are treated by a multi-disciplinary team which specialises in stroke care. The core team consists of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, therapy assistants, psychologists and social workers. 

TIAs (Transient Ischaemic Attacks)

Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA) are also known as ' Mini Strokes'. They come on suddenly and produce stroke-like symptoms which last for less than 24 hours. Most TIAs resolve within 1 hour and people make a full recovery. Transient ischaemic attacks affect 35 people per 100,000 of the population each year and are associated with a very high risk of stroke in the first month of the event and up to one year afterwards. Read more on NHS Choices. TIAs are treated in outpatient clinics.

Contact our TIA Coordinator – 0300 422 6321.

Useful links and contacts:

Dr Hellier's secretary: 0300 422 6112

Dr Deering's secretary: 0300 422 5673

Dr Dutta's secretary and TIA co-ordinator: 0300 422 6321