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Acute Stroke Unit

Level 1, Battle Block

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road
Reading
Berkshire RG1 5AN

Contact details

0118 322 5411

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Visiting hours

Opens  2pm Closes  5pm
Opens  6pm Closes  9pm

Visitor limit

2 persons

Photography

No

Flowers

No

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Acute Stroke Unit

The Acute Stroke Unit cares for acute and rehabilitating stroke patients.

The unit has 30 beds including six higher monitoring beds, and access to in-patient neuro-rehabilitation and early supported community discharge services.

Please remember our patients tire very easily following their stroke, and our aim is to maximise their potential for rehab so we please ask for 2 visitors at a time. We are happy for well-behaved dogs to visit on the ward as this can assist with patients’ mood and recovery, so please ask the nurse in charge when you visit if you would like to do this.

If making a telephone enquiry, it is helpful if just one person telephones with enquiries and then update other relatives and friends. This allows the nurses more time to care for our patients during busy times.

What to bring

  • Basic toiletry items such as soap, flannel, shaving kit, hair brush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Slippers and practical shoes – trainers are recommended for physio.
  • Night wear – comfortable clothing such as jogging bottoms and t-shirts are recommended during the day.

Medical information

The nurses will be able to give you basic information  over the phone on your relatives condition. Our doctors are on the ward Monday to Friday and are happy to speak to relatives or to make an appointment to speak to a doctor. Please ask our receptionist if this is something you would like to arrange. Please do note, that the consultants and doctors have duties not only on other wards but also in clinics and other hospitals, so they may not be able to speak to you immediately.

Patients may be moved from ASU to community hospitals or other wards dependent on their needs.  Community hospitals will be decided on by the suitability for the patient and their ongoing needs. This decision will also be based on the patients’ home address and GP. Our experienced therapy team will always endeavour to contact the next of kin to discuss discharge and onward plans for our patients.