A new Integrated Stroke Unit
This week the Countess of Chester Hospital officially opened its
new Integrated Stroke Unit to treat and care for acute stroke
patients as well supporting their rehabilitation and discharge from
hospital in a way that caters for their individual needs and
The Stroke Association were present at the opening ceremony
along with members of the Trust's Executive Team, representatives
from West Cheshire CCG as well as members of staff from the stroke
The new 28 bedded stroke unit incorporates the rehabilitation
service previously located at Ellesmere Port Hospital to allow the
entire Stroke Service to function in one location at the
Director of Nursing & Quality, Alison Kelly said:
"This new unit has been established following an engagement and
consultation process with patients, staff, members of the public
and representatives from stroke related service providers. The
resulting unit has been designed in response to patient needs and
wishes which clearly stated that there is a desire for stroke
patients to make a speedy transition from hospital and into their
own homes where their rehabilitation can continue. We feel this
fantastic new unit is well placed to satisfy these wishes."
The unit itself will be led by Stroke Physicians and supported
by a team of specialist nursing and therapy staff. The Stroke Early
Supported Discharge Team work alongside ward staff and continue the
patients' recovery, once discharged.
Other developments on the unit to support this process include
modifications and improvements to the ward environment and a new
day room for patients. In addition, the unit will now work more
closely with the Stroke Association to incorporate all stroke
related aspects of care into the patient journey.
Alison added: "The new unit will not only improve the quality of
service for stroke patients but it also supports our nursing teams
and other staff to help provide a more focussed service."