Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose Us?
Our philosophy is based on compassionate, family-focussed care.
At The Stroke Unit, you are treated as an individual and every member of our team sees your recovery and treatment process from your eyes and on an individual basis.
We pride ourselves on our patients feeling relaxed to put their trust and confidence in us, which is crucial to a successful outcome.
When Are Visiting Hours?
Our visiting hours are flexible and we strive to accommodate the needs of family and friends of patients as much as possible.
We have no specific visiting hours as we believe that patients benefit from regular visits from friendly faces.
Does The Stroke Unit Offer Immediate Treatment For A Stroke?
The Stroke Unit offers care after the first 6 hours following a stroke.
The Unit does not offer thrombolysis.
If a stroke has taken place within the last 6 hours it is imperative that the patient goes to A&E for thrombolysis.
We do accept patients from other hospitals after they have been treated via A&E.
Will I need a GP referral to be admitted to The Stroke Unit?
If you have private medical insurance your insurer will usually require a GP referral.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.
We welcome referrals to the Stroke Unit from GPs, A&E departments and other medical practitioners or with your permission will contact the appropriate medical professionals on your behalf.
The Stroke Care Team assesses each case individually and will advise the appropriate treatment.
How Long Will I Need To Stay In Hospital?
The length of stay required for stroke assessment and rehabilitation varies considerably. But rest assured you will be cared for in the best surroundings and by a compassionate, highly trained team of professionals.
If you are claiming through your private medical insurance for your stay, your insurance company will require regular updates, which our admissions department will coordinate.
Do I Need To Have Private Medical Insurance To Be Treated At The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth?
No, you do not need private medical insurance to be treated by us as we also offer self pay packages for investigations and care after a stroke. Please contact us for more information.
If you do have private medical insurance, it is advisable that you contact your insurance company to check the length of stay allowed for both the initial assessment/treatment phase and for rehabilitation as this varies between insurers. The Stroke Unit is covered by all major insurance companies and is a fully accredited BUPA rehabilitation unit.