Stroke services

The team provides a hyper-acute service, along with continuing management of stroke patients – including thrombolysis, investigation, assessment and rehabilitation.  We also run a daily rapid access transient ischaemic attack (TIA) service/stroke prevention clinic at the Lister.

Stroke early supported discharge service

A new stroke early supported discharge service (ESD) for Hertfordshire was launched in October 2014 and will be rolled-out to all localities across the county by the summer of 2015.  The new service means that people who have suffered a mild or moderate stroke can leave hospital earlier because they are being supported at home by a team of experts providing an intensive rehabilitation package for up to six weeks.

There is robust evidence that demonstrates that ESD reduces long term dependency, admissions to institutional care and lengths of stay in hospitals. Up to 40% of patients who have had a stroke can benefit from this treatment.  ESD has been integrated across health and social care and is provided by multi-disciplinary teams, including nursing, therapy, social care, the voluntary sector and specialist stroke physicians.

Hertfordshire Community Trust, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Hertfordshire County Council have been confirmed as providers, with the county’s two clinical commissioning groups providing a budget to fund the roll out of the service and to improve patient outcomes.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the ESD team at

Contact us

  • Pirton ward, Lister – 01438 285817 (acute admissions) and 01438 285062 (rehabilitation)
  • Stroke clinics – 01438 285323

For urgent stroke inpatient concerns please contact the stroke specialist nurse on 07581 091951


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