Regional Hyper Acute Stroke Unit

H Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Practical Information

General Sheffield teaching hospital information can be found at www.sth.nhs.uk/visitors

Visiting
This ward is positioned on H Floor of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.  Visiting times are 8am – 8pm.

Parking
The multi-storey car park at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is open everyday from 6:30am until 10:30pm.
Up to 2 hours - £2.50
Up to 4 hours - £3.70
Over 4 hours - £8.40

Food and drink
Many patients may be on special diets and drinks.  Please check with ward staff before bringing in food.

Interpretation
If you or your family member need some help speaking or understanding English we can arrange for an interpreter.  Please ask a member of staff.

Queries about your care
If you have any questions or are unhappy with any aspect of your care please talk to the team.  

There is also a patient liaison service if you are unable to sort out the issues directly with our team.  www.sth.nhs.uk/patients/patient-services

Ward Contacts

Department Number
Royal Hallamshire Hospital Switchboard 0114 271 1900
Neuro Assessment unit – ward H Floor 0114 271 2059
Hyper Acute Stroke Unit – ward H Floor 0114 271 2419
Physiotherapy/ Occupational Therapy Office 0114 271 3831
Speech & Language Therapy Office 0114 271 3822
Orthoptics 0114 271 3021
Psychology  0114 226 8708
Dietitians   0114 271 2617

What to Expect

Entering the Regional Hyper Acute Stroke Unit

If ambulance staff think you may have had a stroke they will bring you directly onto this ward.  Sometimes they might take you straight to X-ray for a brain scan.

It is likely the first person you will meet will be a Stroke Nurse Practitioner.  They will carry out some assessments and tell you what happens next.

This will include a brain scan, to see if you are suitable for a treatment called Thrombolysis or Thrombectomy.

Thrombolysis is a clot busting drug and can help reduce brain damage. However, only a small number of patients are suitable for this treatment.   You will meet with different members of the team for assessments and may have other investigations.

Common investigations include:

  • CT Brain Scan
  • Blood Tests
  • Elecrocardiogram (ECG)
  • MRI Brain scan
  • Caroltid Ultrasound (also called a doppler or duplex scan)
  • Angiogram
  • Echocardiogram

You will meet with different members of the team. 
They will start to see how you are moving, speaking, thinking and swallowing. 

From the very beginning the whole team will help you with the continuous process of Rehabilitation.

Leaving the Regional Hyper Acute Stroke Unit

After 72 hours of assessment and treatment patients from outside of Sheffield will return to their local stroke unit if further care is needed.

Some people are able to go home after these investigations.

Some people go home with extra support.

Some people go to the next stage in the Stroke Pathway which is the acute stroke unit.

Meet The Team

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Stroke Consultants & Hospital Doctors

The doctors are responsible for investigating the cause of your stroke. They will usually arrange for certain tests. They will take a full medical history from you.

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Stroke Nurse Practitioners

The Stroke nurses will usually be the first people you meet from the team. They will assess you as soon as you are arrive and provide information and support.

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Stroke Nurses and Support Workers on the ward

The nursing staff will monitor you daily. They are there to make sure you are safe and cared for and that you have the support and advice you need.

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Pharmacist

The pharmacy team will ensure that any medicines prescribed for you are safe. If you have any concerns or questions about your medication you can ask to talk to a member of the pharmacy team.

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Physiotherapist (PT)

Physiotherapy following a stroke begins as soon as possible. It may involve techniques and exercise to improve the control and movement of the body. The aim of treatment is to enable you to become as independent as possible in everyday life. Therapy will be directed towards your own personal goals.

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Occupational Therapist (OT)

The Occupational therapist will see how the stroke has affected your ability to carry out and organise everyday activities. They may also look at your thinking skills such as concentration and memory. Therapy will be directed towards your own personal goals.

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Speech & Language Therapist (SLT)

A stroke can lead to problems affecting your speaking, understanding, reading & writing. The ability to swallow food and drink may also be affected. You will work with the Speech and Language therapist on any communication and swallowing changes.

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Dietitians

You may need to see a dietitian. They can assess your nutritional needs and advise how these should be met.

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Orthoptist

Visual problems are common after a stroke and this can affect the rest of your rehabilitation. Orthoptists are eye-care professionals who assess how a stroke has affected your vision.

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Psychologist

Many people see a psychologist after having a stroke, which can feel scary at first. Reasons for this might be anxious thoughts and worries, low mood, Intense emotions, changes in cognitive ability or adjusting to life after stroke. The psychologist is there to support you and your loved ones with these changes.