Stroke Service

Stroke is a medical emergency. Anyone suffering a new suspected stroke should be seen by a stroke specialist. Following specialist review, you may be admitted to the  Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU), or seen in the Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) clinic.

North Bristol NHS Trust is a comprehensive Stroke Centre providing acute stroke services for the population of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), along with regional provision including Mechanical Thrombectomy to the wider Severn Region and beyond.

If you are admitted outside of the BNSSG area, after the emergency phase, your local hospital will usually continue your care in your local stroke unit.  

For people from the BNSSG area, we offer specialist inpatient aftercare. You will have specialist assessments on the HASU in the first 72 hours following your stroke and then may move to the Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) for further assessment and rehabilitation.

Following your initial days of treatment and rehabilitation, if you make a quick recovery, you may be able to be discharged home directly from the HASU or ASU. If you require a longer period of rehabilitation, assessment and/or support, you may be discharged either to your own home with support from the Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS) or, if you have additional needs you may be discharged to the Stroke Sub Acute Rehabilitation Units (SSARUs) located at Weston General Hospital and South Bristol Community Hospital.

Our consultants responsible for stroke are:

Dr James Dodd, Consultant Stroke Physician and Clinical Lead for Stroke

Dr Rose Bosnell, Consultant Neurologist, Stroke Physician

Dr Justin Pearson, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Philip Clatworthy, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Kanch Sharma, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Gauhar Malik, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Ben Grimshaw, Consultant Acute Medicine.

Dr Sandeep Buddha, Consultant Stroke Physician

Dr Elizabeth Mallam, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Mark Cossburn, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Barnaby Fiddes, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Luke Canham, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Christina Giavasi, Consultant Neurologist

Dr Paul Sellors, Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician

Dr Sarah Beth McClelland, Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician

Dr Sarah Kyle, Consultant Stroke Physician


We have a dedicated stroke trained team of Doctors, Nurses - including Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners - Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, Pharmacists and Psychologists.  

Our ethos is to provide specialist, personalised stroke care in a timely and efficient manner. We work as a team with you and your family to plan the best care for your needs from initial treatment through to discharge from hospital.

Contact Stroke & TIA

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Brunel building


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Stroke Service