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Stroke Service

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The stroke service is the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. A stroke is an attack on the brain where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted due to bleeding or a blood clot. 

The L&D stroke team provides Hyperacute (clot buster), Acute and Rehabilitation services. The Stroke team include Specialist Stroke Consultants, Dr Sekaran, Dr Phiri and Dr Sethuraman. Dr Alwis and Dr Asaipillai consultant stroke physicians will join the team from April 2016.

The unit provides specialist stroke services to patients across Luton, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. The unit manages patients admitted as emergencies through the Emergency Department and accepts transfers from other hospitals. This is an accredited specialist stroke unit for the region serving a catchment population of 750000.

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 and it may not be appropriate in every case.

There is close integration with the neurosurgical team at Queen’s Square Hospital, London / Addenbrookes, Cambridge for those patients who require neurosurgical intervention. We also work closely with the Vascular Unit at Bedford Hospital and patients who are found to require surgery to their neck blood vessels are referred immediately to the vascular surgeons.

We run a 7 day a week TIA (Mini-stroke) clinic in the mornings from St Mary’s out-patient department. Patients referred can be seen within 24 hours or within 7 days of referral depending on severity of symptoms experienced and other predisposing health issues.

For any enquiries regarding Stroke or TIA please contact the Stroke Office 7 days a week 09.00 -17.00 on 01582 718218

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Stroke Association

We provide high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers

Registered office 

Stroke Association

Stroke Association House, 240 City Road, London, EC1V 2PR


Phone: 020 7566 0300

Useful Links  

NHS Choices - Information on Strokes 

NHS Choice Channel

The Stroke Association Channel


  • Lakshmanan SekaranSecond nameSekaranBiographyClinical Director - Consultant Physician. Special interest – stroke medicine.