Stroke is a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance. To recognise a stroke use the FAST test

Musgrove Park Hospital, Level 1, Duchess Building

Musgrove Park Hospital, Musgrove Park, Taunton, TA1 5DA, United Kingdom

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South Petherton Community Hospital

South Petherton Community Hospital, Bernard Way, South Petherton, TA13 5EF, United Kingdom

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Williton Community Hospital

Williton Community Hospital, North Road, Williton, TA4 4RA, United Kingdom

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The Somerset stroke service provides an integrated pathway for adults with a Somerset GP who have a confirmed diagnosis of stroke.

We provide medical care and rehabilitation from the hyper-acute stroke unit at Musgrove Park Hospital through to rehabilitation, either in a community hospital or in your own home. We have longer term services to support you to live well after your stroke.

Our stroke specialist teams include stroke physicians, specialist nurses, healthcare assistants and specialist support staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists and stroke coordinators.

We are also supported by dietitians, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals. We work closely with adult social care, the Stroke Association and other agencies to ensure you get the best care in the most suitable location, given the impact of your stroke.

Our acute stroke service provides diagnosis and medical intervention to manage and minimise the impact of the stroke. Once therapy assessments have been completed, our team will work with you and your family to identify the most suitable way of discharging you from hospital. These could include inpatient rehabilitation within a community stroke rehabilitation unit, home with therapy support from our early supported discharge team, community stroke service or a follow-up with a stroke coordinator. We know that people with stroke make a better recovery while getting specialist rehabilitation at home so our teams work hard to promote early discharge from our inpatient units whenever possible.

Throughout the pathway, you will be involved in setting meaningful goals to help your rehabilitation. We will regularly review these goals and associated intervention plans. We will encourage you to undertake rehabilitation, both within supervised sessions and on your own to optimise your recovery. Rehabilitation progress is monitored through the achievement of your own goals, which will always reflect your functional everyday activities. As you work towards discharge from our stroke services, you will be supported to develop skills in managing your condition to achieve as much independence as possible.

At six weeks or so you will get a medical review, and at six months you will receive a review that will ensure that all aspects of your stroke recovery have been addressed to help you to live well after your stroke. This will include accessing support from the local community and lifestyle advice to keep active and make healthy choices wherever possible.

You and your family will be supported to choose which service is most appropriate given the severity of stroke and the options available. The teams will work together to ensure you have a smooth transition from one stage to another.