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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.

Acute Stroke unit consists of 28 beds for stroke rehab. 6 beds are dedicated for hyper acute stroke (HASU) patients needing close monitoring after receiving thrombolysis or if acutely unwell.

We provide a thrombolysis (clot busting) 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We also work closely with other partner hospitals for patients needing thrombectomy (clot retrieval).

We offer a 7 days a week TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) clinic appointment. We aim to see our patients within seven days from the time of referral based on their symptoms.



Please contact the ward manager or Nurse in Charge for current visiting restrictions

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: 1 visitor 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. 

Key clinical staff 

Lead Stroke consultant: Dr Kiruba Nagaratnum
Stroke consultants:Varun Nelatur and Kiran Bangalore
Sister: Shivanthi Panchalingam
Stroke CNS: Vincent Parreno
Ward Clerk: 0118 322 5240

Nearby facilities

Refreshment Points

  • Marks and Spencers  (Main Entrance Block)
  • Pumpkin 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)
  • Friends Coffee House, Battle block, level 1

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

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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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