Chaldon Ward at East Surrey Hospital is the Acute Stroke Unit with 28 beds. Patients, if thrombolysed, will have one-to-one nursing for the first 24 hours and the brain scan will be repeated in that time. A swallow test assessment will also be carried out, and if there is a swallowing abnormality, the patient will be referred to the speech and language therapists.
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists will assess the patient on the ward.
The average stay on Chaldon Ward is around 14 days. Patients are then either moved to the Crawley Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Ward, or go home with referrals to the community stroke rehabilitation team.
Once a patient has returned home and still needing on going rehabilitation they are under the care of the community stroke rehabilitation team and their GP.