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Stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Find out more about the main symptoms of a stroke here.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the UK. Working with local healthcare partners, we aim to provide seamless and effective care so you have the best opportunity to survive and thrive after stroke.

Stroke Sub Acute Rehabilitation Unit (SSARU)

Our Stroke SSARU at South Bristol Community Hospital enables people to regain their independence after stroke in a safe and supported environment.

Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS) at Home

Our Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS) at Home delivers long-term support in the community for people who have experienced stroke, helping them regain their independence. 

Stroke – specialist nursing

For people who don’t have rehabilitation needs, the ICSS at Home specialist nurses contact service users six weeks after they’ve left hospital to provide information, support and advice.

stroke ward photo. Clinician with man.

Stroke Sub Acute Rehabilitation Unit (SSARU)

Stroke patient in garden with team member

Stroke – specialist nursing

clinician sitting with woman in living room

Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS) at Home