posted 30 March, 2021

Stroke (NMGH)

Who is the service for?

This service provides acute care (including Thrombolysis) for patients who have suffered a stroke, treatment and investigations for Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) and also inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation.

What does the service provide?

Patients who have had a stroke will be admitted to the Primary Stroke Centre (PSC) where care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team and led by Dr Kawafi the Clinical lead.

The Team is able to offer rapid assessment and early diagnosis following a suspected stroke and this means that patients receive the right treatment as quickly as possible, which can help speed up recovery.

A “clot busting” Thrombolysis service is offered at Fairfield General Hospital for all Patients eligible to receive the treatment.

The service also provide the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) using techniques such as CT and Ultrasound.

As soon as possible inpatient rehabilitation will be delivered (where needed) by the Multidisciplinary team.

Who will patients meet while under your department’s/service’s care?

  • Consultant Physicians
  • Specialist nurses
  • Nursing staff
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Radiology staff
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy staff –
  • Speech and Language staff
  • Dietician
  • Psychologists
  • Orthoptists
  • Staff from the Stroke association

Each patient will be assessed by members of the multidisciplinary team and patient-centred goal will be set jointly by the therapists and patient with a view to reducing the effects of any disability caused by the stroke.

When is the service available?

This is an acute service and so available to accept referrals from emergency departments seven days a week. The Thrombolysis service is available Monday –Friday 7am until 7pm.  Outside of these hours all acute patients that may require Thrombolysis will be taken to Salford Royal Hospital.

The service also provides out-patient clinics for transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) on each hospital site within Pennine Acute NHS Trust

Where is the service provided?

As of September 2013 all acute stroke patients are now brought to Fairfield General Hospital where they will be assessed by the stroke team. Following their ‘acute’ phase patients will be transferred to either an Early Supportive Discharge Team or to an inpatient stroke rehabilitation ward.

Acute stroke services are provided from Fairfield General Hospital.

Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Stroke Services are provided from Fairfield General Hospital for Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester patients and from the Royal Oldham Hospital for Oldham patients.

Outpatient services are available from each hospital site:

North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M8 5RB

Department contact details

0161 624 0420 ask for bleep 1010

Practical information

If possible please record the time of symptom onset – when the patient first had symptoms of stroke and give this to the admitting doctor or nurse. Please also bring details of medicines currently being taken to all out-patient appointments.

Key staff/consultants

Management Lead – Louise Williams

Lead Consultant – Dr Kawafi


  • Dr Namushi
  • Dr Ahmed
  • Dr Bhat

Lead Nurse – Rob Barrow

Stroke Thrombolysis Coordinator – Cath Curley