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Stroke Unit

Welcome to the department

Patient working with occupational therapist in Stroke Unit

In 2010 there was national designation of hyper-acute stroke units, able to offer CT scanning and thrombolysis treatment on a 24/7 basis. RBFT has been designated as a hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU) since 2010 and in 2013 was classed as a Centre of Excellence for Thrombolysis.

The stroke service treats patients experiencing transient ischemic attacks (TIA) who attend as outpatients through to patients with acute stroke symptoms who present as an emergency and those who are rehabilitating post-stroke.

The Acute Stroke Unit has 28 beds

The ward team cares for patients with acute and rehabilitation needs. Patients are cared for in single sex bays. Each single sex bay has a designated single sex toilet and washing facilities adjacent to the bay. The exception to this is when patients arrive from the Emergency Department, when they may be cared for in a mixed sex “Hyper-Acute” bay for up to 72 hours.


2pm – 5pm and 6pm – 9pm.

Note: the ward operates protected meal times - no visiting during these times. This is due to the need for patients following a stroke who are having daily extensive therapy to rest.

Visitors allowed: 2 visitors per patient 

How to get here

Exit the multi-storey car park on level 2. Follow the signs for all wards and departments, and take a right at the Welcome Desk. Continue through to Battle Block, and take the second set of stairs or lifts you come to on your left.

Exit on level 1. The Stroke Unit is through the set of double doors, but please press the intercom and a member of staff will let you in. 

Staff details

Consultant: Dr Kiruba Nagaratnum
Matron: Christine Penhale
Sister: Shivanthi Panchalingam
Ward Clerk: 0118 322 5240

Nearby facilities

Refreshment Points

  • Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
  • Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
  • Restaurant on level 1 (South Block)
  • Jamaica Blue coffee shop, level 2 (South block)
  • League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)

ATM machine
Opposite the reception desk on level 2 in the Main Entrance Block.



Useful contacts

Stroke Unit
Level 1, Battle Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 5411


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