Stroke Service

Background

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain cells, without these cells usually die. If the blood supply can be returned in minutes or even a few hours after a stroke some of the cells may recover. If someone is having a stroke it is important to call 000 immediately so they can get treatment as quickly as possible.

Remember FAST to recognise stroke symptoms:

FACE:

Check – Has the face drooped?

ARMS:

Can they lift both arms?

SPEECH:

Is their speech affected?
Do they understand you?

TIME:

Time is critical – if you see any of these signs call 000.

Further information and resources on stroke can be found at the Stroke Foundation: Websites: www.strokefoundation.org.au and www.enableme.org.au Phone: 1800 787 653.

Stroke services are available at the following locations:

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Health Campus offers a 4 bed Acute Stroke Unit within a 20 bed Rehabilitation Unit.

The unit provides a stroke service for the Mid North Coast Local Health District with the catchment area of Bellingen, Dorrigo and Macksville.

The unit consists of 4 monitored acute stroke beds, a specialised expert stroke team of medical, nursing and allied health staff. An expert Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant leads the team to provide excellence in stroke care. The service offers specific stroke care supporting the Agency of Clinical Innovation and the National Stroke Foundation Guidelines including thrombolysis and clot retrieval with support via tele-health.

Coffs Harbour stroke service is uniquely situated within the Rehabilitation Unit and provides a seamless transition from the Stroke Unit through to Rehabilitation and then home.

Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant
Phone: 02 6656 5383
Fax: 02 6656 7705

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie Base Hospital offers a 24 hour stroke service including:

  • An Acute Stroke Unit – A stroke unit is an area in the hospital where a specialised stroke team provide early and active treatment after a stroke has occurred. Care in a stroke unit provides better out comes than care on general wards for patients following a stroke.
  • Thrombolysis (clot busting) – is the process where a clot busting drug is administered (within 4.5 hours of stroke onset) to break down the clot blocking the artery. This allows blood flow to return to the brain.
  • Telehealth consultation with a neurologist for access to John Hunter Hospital for Endovascular Clot Retrieval (ECR). This process involves a thin tube being fed up into the blocked vessel to capture the blood clot and allow it to be pulled back out allowing flow to return to the brain.

Port Macquarie Base Hospital has a 4 bed stroke unit providing a service for the Hastings Macleay Network. The unit is supported by a skilled and passionate medical, nursing and allied health team with a strong knowledge of stroke. This team provide care, therapy, education and support to the stroke / TIA patient, their family and friends.

Stroke/TIA Clinic:

This clinic provides follow up for those who have had a stroke or TIA following hospital admission or referral from your GP.

Stroke Care Coordinator
Phone: 5524 2063
Fax: 5524 2259

The Clinic operates weekly on Mondays – bookings and GP referral necessary.

Kempsey

Kempsey District Hospital Outreach Clinic:

The outreach clinic operates monthly on a Thursday – bookings and GP referral necessary.

Stroke Care Coordinator
Phone: 5524 2063
Fax: 5524 2259