Stroke treatment

If you think you, or someone you know is suffering from a stroke you need to call 999 for an ambulance immediately.

If we believe you are having a stroke, we will get to you as soon as possible.

When our staff arrive they will:

  • assess you using the FAST test. If this shows you are suffering the symptoms of a stroke or transient ischaemic attack our staff will take you for specialist hospital treatment
  • measure your blood glucose level
  • measure your blood pressure.

Read more about the work we’re doing to improve care for stroke patients.

Where you will be taken

If you are having a stroke, you will not necessarily be taken to your nearest hospital. Instead we may, if appropriate, take you to one of eight hyper-acute stroke units (HASUs) in London where a team of specialists can assess and treat you any time of day or night. As a result you will receive the best possible level of care.

For more information about the eight HASUs based at hospitals in London, please click on the links below:

Treatment at a hyper-acute stroke unit

At a hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU), you will be handed over to a team of expert clinicians who are on standby 24/7.

As well as their expertise, you will have access to brain scanning equipment. Depending on your condition, a number of tests and treatments can be given to you.

It’s important to remember that for the most effective treatment you need to be at a HASU as quickly as possible; preferably within three hours of the onset of symptoms.

It’s important that you call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you think you or someone you know is suffering from a stroke.

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