The Stroke Unit is a multidisciplinary team specialising in the management of patients who have suffered a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Clinical service overview
The Alfred Stroke Unit provides comprehensive stroke care to all patients attending The Alfred with symptoms of Stroke or TIA.
We provide access to all modern stroke treatments including thrombolysis (TPA) treatment and endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) for acute stroke. Our acute stroke team includes stroke specialist physicians, neurologists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and social work. The acute stroke medical team provides urgent assessment in the Emergency department of people presenting with stroke or TIA to facilitate early diagnosis, work-up and management to all people experiencing acute ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke, with early access to rehabilitation in both the public and private sector. We work closely with our neurosurgical and neuroradiology colleagues to provide the best possible treatment options for all individuals under our care.
The Alfred Stroke Unit is actively involved in research to improve stroke treatment and recovery in the future. During inpatient or rehabilitation stay, patients may be asked if they are interested in being involved in research. All research conducted at The Alfred is conducted under Good Clinical Practice (GCP) principals and with the approval of The Alfred Ethics Committee.
The Australian Stroke Clinical Registry collects information about people affected by stroke managed in many hospitals in Australia, including The Alfred. This helps us improve our stroke care locally and nationally. If patients do not want information about themsleves included in this registry, the stroke team can advise them how to opt-out.
A weekly Stroke & TIA Clinic provides rapid assessment for diagnosis, investigation and risk factor management of TIA, as well as follow up care after discharge to ensure everything is being done to prevent further stroke and reduce the potential for recurrent events.
This service does not routinely offer treatment for the following:
- Patients who are being treated for the same condition at another Victorian public hospital
- Children under 18 years of age
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency & Trauma Centre.
To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the service Registrar to discuss the case.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the service Registrar on call on (03) 9076 2000.
- Referral enquiries (03) 9076 2025
- Referral fax (03) 9076 6938
|Stroke & TIA Clinic||The Alfred||55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004|