What we do
The Stroke Service in Bradford comprises of a 23-bedded acute stroke and neurology unit (ASNU) on ward 9, Bradford Royal Infirmary, which includes three hyperacute stroke (HASU) beds and a 19-bedded stroke rehabilitation unit (SRU) on ward F6, St Luke's Hospital.
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) clinics are held on a daily basis (for high-risk patients) or weekly (for low-risk patients) at BRI. Stroke/TIA follow-up clinics are held at St Luke's Hospital.
The service is consultant-led. Dr Chris Patterson is the specialty lead and is supported by Dr Stuart Maguire, Consultant Stroke Physician and Dr Hawraman Ramadan, Consultant Neurologist/Stroke Physician. The Neurologists contribute to the management of younger stroke patients under the age of 45.
The aim of the stroke service is to provide an acute care pathway for stroke patients until they are suitable for discharge home or further rehabilitation care in an alternative setting.
Approximately 500-600 patients are admitted to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust each year following a stroke. These patients are cared for by a skilled specialist multidisciplinary team which includes speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The service admits patients directly from A&E, the community or other wards within hospital.
All suspected strokes aged 18 years and older are admitted directly to the ASNU following assessment in A&E using a stroke pathway. GPs are able to admit patients directly to the ASNU following conversation with the stroke consultant on-call during office hours and out-of-hours through the on-call rota.
The stroke consultants carry out daily ward rounds on the HASU (including weekends).
The service provides thrombolysis care on a 24/7 basis. We are active in stroke research. A stroke early supported discharge team, along with community stroke nurses, play a vital role in supporting patients after leaving hospital.
Ward 9, Bradford Royal Infirmary: 01274 364371
Stroke rehabilitation, St Luke's Hospital: 01274 365614/ 365415