Stroke Thrombectomy Service

Thrombectomy is a revolutionary treatment that can be used to treat strokes that are caused by blockage of the largest arteries of the brain by blood clots; this is around 1 in 8 strokes. In 2018-19 North Bristol Trust, based at Southmead Hospital, performed the second highest number of thrombectomies for stroke of any stroke centre in England. We currently operate over limited days and hours during the week, but have plans to extend the times this treatment is available over the coming months.

Thrombectomy at Southmead Hospital is carried out by interventional neuroradiologists, supported by stroke specialist consultants, advanced nurse practitioners, anaesthetists and a large team of other professionals using state of the art equipment.

We provide a thrombectomy service to the following hospitals:

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath
  • Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Bristol
  • Weston General Hospital
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

We’ll soon be providing a service to Wales.

For further information, download patient information leaflet:

PDF icon Information for Patients undergoing Mechanical Clot Retrieval for Ischaemic Stroke_NBT003017.pdf