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Stroke Medicine

Stroke Medicine

Referral Process

Preferred GP referral process, e.g.TIA Referral form (attached) & available to download from our website) or by letter directly addressed to:

Out Patients Booking Dept Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Patient Information Leaflets

The L&D Stroke Service provides Hyperacute (clot buster), Acute and Rehabilitation services.  It is an accredited specialist stroke unit for the region, serving a catchment population of 750,000 people.

The team provides specialist stroke services to patients across Luton, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. The unit treats patients admitted as emergencies through the Emergency Department and accepts transfers from other hospitals. 

The L&D is the regional designated hospital for Thrombolysis, where a drug is used to dissolve blood clots in the brain, reducing the damage to the surrounding brain. This is emergency treatment which has to be given within four and half hours of the stroke occurring, however it may not be appropriate in every case.

There is close integration with the neurosurgical team at Queen’s Square Hospital, London / Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge for those patients who require neurosurgical intervention. We also work closely with the Vascular Unit at Bedford Hospital.

www.stroke.org.uk – Stroke Association

www.brainandspine.org.uk – British Brain and Spine Foundation

www.differentstrokes.co.uk – for Young Strokes

Local Telephone Nos:
Careline – south beds – 01582603893

Family Support & Advice:
Luton – 01582891330
Central Beds - 01582690984

Equipment and advice – 01582470900

Social services:
Luton - 01582 547659
Dunstable - 01582 665861
Leighton Buzzard - 01525 381775

Clinics

Clinic name: TIA clinics(codes T1,T3,T5,T7,T9,T11), Stroke follow up clinics(codes T2, T4,T6,T8,T10)
Clinic Type: Adult
Clinic days/times:
TIA clinics 7days a week.
Referrals are from GPs, A/E, & ambulance crews using specified referrals form) 0900-1200 hrs
Stroke Clinics (mostly follow ups) - Monday to Friday 13.30 - 16.30. Referrals may be by writing. Consultants will decide to slot them in new clinics or follow up clinics.

Links to tertiary centres:
Stroke service has established links to tertiary centres – Addenbrooke’s(Cambridge), Queen Square(London), Charing Cross (London) and John Radcliffe (Oxford)

Procedures Provided

  • TIA clinics – CT Brain or MRI Brain / Carotid Doppler and ECG if required in our One stop clinic. Drugs like aspirin/Clopidogrel / Statin are dispensed if required from our clinic.
  • Stroke Clinics – CT brain may be done. Other imaging if required are arranged as OP basis 

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

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Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

Service Manager:
Chris Elliott
Chris.Elliot@ldh.nhs.uk
01582 497064

Stroke Registrar:
Bleep 209

Stroke Nurse:
Bleep 066

Stroke Specialist Nurse:
Jimy David - Ext. 2849 (via switchboard)
Bleep 126

General Manager:
Caroline Roberts
Caroline.Roberts@ldh.nhs.uk
01582 491166 (ext. 2593)

Stroke Ward Manager: 

Etka Solanki - 01582 497136

Stroke Therapy Manager:
Zoe Lundie - Ext. 2849 (via switchboard)

Stroke Research nurses:
Frances Justin - 01582 718485
Margaret Tate - 01582 718485
Bleep 369

Clinical Director:
Dr Lakshmanan Sekaran
Lakshmanan.Sekaran@ldh.nhs.uk

Outpatients booking department:
01582 561385

Switchboard:
01582 491166