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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 seven 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 seven HASUs based at hospitals in London, please click on the links below:

Treatment at a hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU)

At a 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.