Help shape future of stroke services

Stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire could be set to change as part of a consultation on proposed improvements.

Stroke can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. It is a life threatening condition and the fourth biggest killer in the UK. 1 in 8 people who have a stroke die within a month. 1 in 4 die within a year.

The Proposals – put together by senior clinicians, staff and stroke survivors – include the creation of a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit at Southmead Hospital providing specialist emergency stroke treatment for everyone in the area.

Changes to ongoing hospital care are included, with the preferred option for a single specialist stroke unit at Southmead Hospital, although the option of an additional smaller unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has also been put forward.

Two inpatient stroke rehab units are also being put forward – one on the Weston General Hospital site, and a second in either Bristol or South Gloucestershire.

A public consultation on the proposals will be running until 3 September. To find out more about the proposals and have your say, visit