District Stroke Coordinator:
Bonita Thompson, (519) 272-8210 ext 2298, firstname.lastname@example.org
Huron County is located in southwestern Ontario, on the coast of Lake Huron, known as Ontario’s West Coast. Huron County is home to five towns and numerous villages, hamlets, and small rural communities. Huron’s five towns include Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth, and Wingham.
Perth County is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. Municipalities & Townships include North Perth, Perth East, West Perth, and Perth South. Major urban centres include Stratford, St. Marys, Listowel, Milverton, and Mitchell.
- Huron County has a population of 59, 100 and Perth County has a population of 68, 457, for a total Huron Perth population of 127, 557 (2011 Census)
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is made up of four hospital sites: St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Clinton Public Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital. The District Stroke Centre is located at Stratford General Hospital in the city of Stratford and provides access to stroke care for both Huron and Perth Counties.
The Stratford General Hospital Site of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is a District Stroke Centre (DSC) which has stroke protocols for emergency services, emergency department, and acute care.
The site has computed tomography (CT) scanning 24 hours a day 7 days a week, vascular imaging with expert interpretation, and clinicians with stroke expertise including medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology, social work, and clinical nutrition across the continuum of care.
At a DSC, all patients are admitted to an acute stroke unit or an integrated stroke unit, that provides acute and rehabilitation service.
The Integrated Stroke Unit (ISU) is a thirteen-bed unit located at the Stratford General Hospital site, that has staff dedicated to the care of stroke patients. The ISU provides both acute care and rehabilitation following a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Patients remain on the same unit fo their acute and rehabilitation care.
The care team on the ISU has special training in stroke care. This team includes doctors, nurses, personal support workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologist, registered dietitians, pharmacy, and social work.
The Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic (SSPC) is an Outpatient Clinic located at Stratford General Hospital for individuals who have had a recent TIA or stroke. The clinic offers rapid access to physicians with stroke expertise and specialised medical diagnostics for patients who are at high risk for stroke, have had a TIA, and/or who have had a stroke. The many services they provide include updating patients’ medications, providing timely communication with patient’s primary care providers, referrals to community-based services, and providing patients with education on lifestyle management.
The many services they provide include updating patients’ medications, providing timely communication with patients’ primary care providers, referrals to community-based services, and providing patients with education and lifestyle counselling. SSPCs are housed in centres with physicians with stroke expertise and with rapid, consistent access to diagnostics. SSPCs are mostly located in the Designated Stroke Services because the specialized services are already on site.
In the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year, 293 patients were seen in our Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic
The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team is supported by the South West Local Health Integration Network through the Aging at Home Strategy, which was designed to help seniors live healthy independent lives in their own homes. This team provides specialized expertise, coordinated teamwork, and a personalized approach to supporting stroke survivors in their communities. In the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year, 139 patients were seen by our Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team.