Acute workstream

The South London acute stroke care workstream aims to identify future service development needs and make recommendations to ensure optimal and equitable acute stroke and TIA services across the region in line with National Stroke Strategy Quality Markers and the Healthcare for London Strategy.

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High level guidelines for patients accessing stroke services in South London

This December 2011 document provides guidelines and protocols for managing stroke patients and transferring them to other sites across South London.

Download the South London guidelines.

RCP Stroke Sentinel Audit 2010 - local analysis reports

Acute baseline report

In May 2009, the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network completed a baseline assessment of acute stroke services. The review assessed the level and quality of service provision at certain trusts as of December 2008.

HASUs / Dedicated stroke units

Full implementation of the Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASUs) and Stroke Units (SUs) commenced 19 July 2010.

All patients in London who are FAST positive and within three hours of symptom onset are taken by the London Ambulance Service to the nearest HASU provider.

Patients will be repatriated to the designated stroke unit generally within 72 hours of HASU admission.


  • Charing Cross Hospital
  • Hospital UCLH Partners
  • King's College Hospital
  • Northwick Park Hospital
  • Princess Royal University Hospital
  • Queen's Hospital (Romford)
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • St George's Hospital

'...make recommendations to ensure optimal and equitable acute stroke and TIA services across the region...'

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Recent stroke publications

Stroke-news June 2011

Vital Signs project

The SLCSN is leading a pan-London project to look at stroke Vital Signs. The project intends to define what data is required and to recommend the best practice approach to data capture, validation and reporting.

It is hoped that this will enable trusts to meet the challenges faced in delivering the Vital Signs targets, which contribute to the Healthcare for London SU and HASU accreditation process.

NHS Stroke Improvement Programme

View the national priority projects in acute stroke care from the NHS Stroke Improvement Programme.