The Princess Royal University Hospital’s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is one of eight specialist stroke centres across London.
Patients who come into the hospital through the Emergency Department are assessed by our on-call Stroke Team. The team ensures they have a head scan and a diagnosis within 30 minutes of arrival. Once stroke is confirmed, patients are transferred to our Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU) for immediate treatment such as clot-busting drugs (thrombolysis).
We accept patients from all over the South East and ensure they are sent back to a hospital closer to their home for the rest of their care. We transfer local patients straight to our Stroke Unit for continuing care.
Our Stroke care at Princess Royal University Hospital (pdf) leaflet has more information about our service.
We also have a special service for patients who have had stroke-like symptoms but which have improved by the time they are seen. These episodes are called Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs) and can be a sign that a person will go on to have a stroke. The greatest risk of stroke is within the first 72 hours of having a TIA, so we aim to see suspected TIA patients as soon as possible.
Our TIA service operates seven days a week. We see, assess and treat patients with suspected TIA within 24 hours of referral from their GP.
To refer to the TIA rapid assessment service, complete the referral form (pdf) and fax it to: +44(0)1689 863901.
We investigate and treat all patients with suspected TIA within 24 hours of referral, seven days a week.
High-risk TIA patients are those:
Low-risk patients are those with an ABCD2 score of 0-3.