Stroke Services

The Western Trust provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary stroke service, with acute stroke units in Altnagelvin and the South West Acute hospitals

The service provides the most modern hyperacute treatments for stroke including 'clot buster' drugs for appopriate patients. Patients have access to daily specialist TIA clinics across the Trust, through referral from their GP or Accident and Emergency Department.

There is a wide range of rehabilitation services available for stroke patients, with inpatient rehabilitation at Altnagelvin, the South West Acute Hospital and Tyrone County Hospital. There are also many community based rehabilitation services for selected patient groups.

Patients are reminded to recognise stroke through the FAST test and to attend hospital immediately if they feel they may be having a stroke.

HYPER-ACUTE INTERVENTION                                                                                                                             The Western Health and Social Care Trust provide hyper-acute intervention for acute stroke in Altnagelvin Hospital and the South West Acute Hospital.  Thrombolysis (clot busting) treatment is offered to those patients assessed as being appropriate.  The key to someone receiving the clot busting drug is that they know the exact time of their symptom onset and they ring 999 immediately and not their GP.  

The FAST test is there to support the public in knowing we as a Trust want them to ring 999 if they have any one of the 3 symptoms outlined in the public awareness campaign.

Altnagelvin Stroke Unit – Ward 40, South Wing Tel: 028 71345171 Ext 216740

South West Acute Hospital Stroke Unit – Ward 5, Level 3 Tel: 028 66382000 Ext 254020

Transient Ischaemic Attack -                                                                                                                           

A TIA is a warning that you are at risk of a full blown stroke occurring.  The symptoms of a TIA are the same as a stroke but may only last for a few minutes sometimes longer.                                      

Our advice is if you have new symptoms - Contact your GP / or out of hours GP immediately, asking for an emergency appointment as you think you have the symptoms of a TIA.                    

Patients who experience a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) will have access to daily specialist TIA clinics across the Trust (Monday – Friday), and will be assessed via the medical assessment units (Saturday – Sunday) through referral from their GP or Accident and Emergency Department.                                                                                     

Rehabilitation                                                                                                                           

Specialist stroke rehabilitation services are available within the Stroke Units in Altnagelvin, the South West Acute Hospital and the Tyrone County Hospital.  Community based specialist stroke rehabilitation is becoming more widely available across the WHSCT. 

There are direct links with the Trust and the voluntary organisations that can support patients and their carers in the longer term after discharge from hospital.  Self-referral to these organisations is welcomed.                        

Stroke Association Liam Quigley – Mob: 07947273620                                                              

Chest Heart and Stroke Association Marie Kelly – Tel: 028 82251640
Points of contact                                                                                                                                   

Alison Beattie Stroke Services Coordinator Mob: 07525898975                                                      

Stroke Specialist Nurse – Co. Fermanagh  Mob:07841468974                                                            

Stroke Specialist Nurse – Co. Tyrone  Mob:07739879435                                                                    

Stroke Specialist Nurse – Co. L’Derry  Tel: 028 71345171 Ext: 214481