A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
If you recognising these signs or think someone may be having a Stroke calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
Act F.A.S.T. is a national campaign aimed at helping people to recognise the signs of stroke, and act quickly to save lives and reduce the damage caused.
Staples Ward (Stroke Unit) - North Devon District Hospital
Staples Ward (Stroke Unit) is on level 5 of North Devon District Hospital. The telephone number is 01271 311591 and ask for Staples Ward (Stroke Unit)
The purpose of Staples Ward (Stroke Unit) is to ensure:
- All patients are assessed and managed by the specialist stroke team
- Patients have access to appropriate diagnostics
- Secondary prevention measures are commenced as appropriate
- Rehabilitation starts on day one of admission where appropriate.
- We aim to promote recovery through early mobilisation, i.e. getting out of bed and getting dressed as early as possible.
- Appropriate and timely discharge planning
Patients will probably need tests in order to understand the diagnosis and reduce the risk of a further Stroke. These may include a brain scan (MRI or CT scan), heart scan (echocardiogram), neck scan (carotid duplex) or blood tests.
Covid 19- update
Due to the national pandemic and current lockdown regulations Staples is
"currently closed to visitors".
There are a couple of exemptions to this, please see the trusts covid pages. https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/our-hospitals-and-community-services-are-open/
If you are unable to visit and the patient has their own video device please feel free to call them. We can also at times arrange video calling, sending video footage of their treatment and therapy sessions, telephone calls.
You can also book a call with a member of staff please arrange by calling the ward. For more on how you can help - Please see the "How can I help" page.