A stroke or TIA is a brain attack – a sudden interruption of blood flow to part of the brain causing it to stop working and eventually damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke can be devastating and may last a lifetime. A stroke is also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Strokes are medical emergencies and anybody suspected of having a stroke should seek urgent assessment in the Emergency Department.
The Stroke Service is composed of a multidisciplinary team which includes: Medical and Gerontology Consultants, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians, Social workers and the Needs Assessment Co-ordination service. The team works with the patient and their carers to provide assessment and treatment in the hospital and at their home in the community.
- Assessment and treatment can occur within the Hospital, the Emergency Department, Medical Ward, Intensive Care unit, Rehabilitation ward and hospital clinics.
- Overall care is co-ordinated by the Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist who in conjunction with the team ensures referrals are made to the appropriate services.
- Referral can occur to community organisations such as the Stroke Foundation, Community Stroke Advisor.
- "Home First" a six week support and rehabilitation service that occurs in your home may be considered.
- The overall goal of the team is to optimise management of stroke disabilities and other chronic long term conditions.
- The team also works in close consultation with your General Practitioner.
Timaru Hospital Campus
Contact Information - Non Urgent
Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit (AT&R)
Phone: 03 687 2280
Fax: 03 687 2281
Dr Genie Pritchett - Geriatrician (Clinical lead for provision of the Stroke Service)
Julian Waller - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Stanley Smith - Geriatrician