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Stroke Care Units

Stroke is always a medical emergency. Time = brain. If you think someone is suffering a stroke call 000 immediately.

Stroke Care Units: What happens for people after a stroke is different for everybody. It depends on what sort of stroke a person has had and where in the brain the stroke has happened. Different people will recover in different ways.

  • Hospitals that have specialist staff and services specifically for stroke have been shown in research to improve care and outcomes for people with stroke.
  • Care in these ‘Stroke Care Units’ is recommended in national clinical guidelines and policy documents for hospitals that treat more than 100 strokes each year.
  • The following list provides details of which hospitals have dedicated stroke units as well as if they offer thrombolysis, a drug used very early after stroke (within first few hours) to dissolve the clot causing the stroke.

It is important to be aware of hospitals which have specialised stroke care units. The following list, provides these details.

Australian public hospitals recommended to have stroke care units

Disclaimer: This information is based on self reported information as at June 2013 as part of the National Stroke Audit. Attending a hospital listed here, does not guarantee that stroke unit care or thrombolysis will be provided.

Australian Capital Territory (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
The Canberra Hospital Y Y

New South Wales (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Albury Wodonga Health Service (Albury Campus) Y Y
Bankstown Hospital Y Y
Bathurst Base Hospital* Y Y
Belmont Hospital*^ Y Y
Blacktown Hospital Y Y
Bowral Hospital* Y Y
Broken Hill Base Hospital* Y Y
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital^ Y N
Campbelltown Hospital Y Y
Coffs Harbour Health Campus Y N
Concord Hospital Y Y
Dubbo Base Hospital* Y N
Fairfield Hospital*^ Y N
Gosford Hospital Y Y
Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital Y Y
John Hunter Hospital Y Y
Liverpool Hospital Y Y
Manly Hospital*^ Y N
Manning Rural Referral Hospital Y Y
Nepean Hospital Y N
Orange Base Hospital Y Y
Port Macquarie Base Hospital Y Y
Prince of Wales Hospital Y Y
Royal North Shore Hospital Y Y
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Y Y
Ryde Hospital*^ Y N
Shoalhaven Hospital Y N
St George Public Hospital Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney^ Y N
Tamworth Base Hospital Y Y
The Maitland Hospital* Y N
The Sutherland Hospital^ Y N
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Y Y
Westmead Hospital Y Y
Wollongong Hospital Y N
Wyong Hospital Y Y
Hospitals that admit 100 or more patients with stroke without stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Dubbo Base Hospital N N
Maitland Hospital N N
Tweed Hospital N N
Lismore Hospital N Y

Northern Territory (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Royal Darwin Hospital Y Y

Queensland (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Bundaberg Hospital Y Y
Caboolture Hospital Y Y
Cairns Base Hospital Y Y
Gold Coast Hospital Y Y
Greenslopes Private Hospital Y Y
Gympie Hospital Y N
Hervey Bay Hospital Y N
Ipswich Hospital Y N
John Flynn Private Hospital Y N
Logan Hospital Y Y
Mackay Hospital Y N
Mater Adults Hospital Y Y
Nambour General Hospital Y Y
Princess Alexandra Hospital Y Y
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital* Y Y
Redcliffe Hospital Y Y
Redland Hospital Y N
Robina Hospital Y Y
Rockhampton Hospital Y N
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Y Y
The Prince Charles Hospital Y Y
Toowoomba Hospital Y Y
Townsville Hospital Y Y
Wesley Hospital Y Y

South Australia (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Flinders Medical Centre Y Y
Lyell McEwin Hospital Y Y
Royal Adelaide Hospital Y Y
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Y Y

Tasmania (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Launceston General Hospital Y Y
Royal Hobart Hospital Y Y

Victoria (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
The Alfred Hospital Y Y
The Austin Hospital Y Y
Ballarat Health Services - Base Hospital Y Y
Bendigo Health Care Group Y Y
Box Hill Hospital Y Y
Central Gippsland Health Service* Y Y
Dandenong Hospital^ Y N
Frankston Hospital Y Y
Latrobe Regional Hospital Y Y
Maroondah Hospital Y Y
Mildura Base Hospital Y Y
Monash Medical Centre Y Y
Northeast Health Wangaratta Y Y
Royal Melbourne Hospital Y Y
South West Healthcare, Warrnambool Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
The Geelong Hospital Y Y
The Northern Hospital Y Y
Western District Hamilton* Y Y
Western Hospital Y Y
Hospitals that admit 100 or more patients with stroke without stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Goulburn Valley Hospital N Y

Western Australia (Click to view)

Hospitals with stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Fremantle Hospital Y Y
Rockingham General Hospital Y N
Royal Perth Hospital Y Y
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Y Y
Swan Kalamunda Health Service Y Y
Hospitals that admit 100 or more patients with stroke without stroke unit care Stroke-unit Thrombolysis
Undisclosed Hospital^ N N

Notes:

  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2011) recommends all hospitals admitting 100 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 100 patients with stroke per year.
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis
  4. Undisclosed Hospitals were hospitals that did not want their name made public, however are included to show the total number of stroke units and hospitals recommended to have stroke units across Australia.

If you think someone is having a stroke call 000