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When it is time for you to be discharged from hospital or when you reach the end of the care from the early supported discharge team, your ongoing care will be carefully planned by the specialist stroke team working closely with your GP and possibly the community health care team and social services.

You and your family and carers will be given information and advice about care at home as well as helpful contact details in case you encounter any problems.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends you should be followed up by the specialist stroke team within 72 hours of being discharged.


What you can expect

These are the standards that you should expect:


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standard for Stroke


All patients discharged from hospital who have residual stroke related problems are followed up within 72 hours by specialist stroke rehabilitation services for assessment and ongoing management.

What this means for you:

  • The discharge from hospital is an especially important time for patients and so you should have follow-up once you are at home from the specialist stroke team within 72 hours. This includes patients who are discharge to a residential or nursing home.


Carers of patients with stroke are provided with a named point of contact for stroke information, written information about the patient's diagnosis and management plan, and sufficient practical training to enable them to provide care.

What this means for you:

  • Carers play an essential role in your recovery and the specialist stroke team must provide them with information, advice and training to support your recovery.
  • Where appropriate, they should refer you to social services who will be able to provide further help and support.