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
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.
Consultant: Dr Kiruba Nagaratnum
Matron: Christine Penhale
Sister: Shivanthi Panchalingam
Ward Clerk: 0118 322 5240
Opposite the reception desk on level 2 in the Main Entrance Block.
Level 1, Battle Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 5411