Stroke Services

Welcome to the South Eastern Trust Stroke Service website. Our service provides assessment, investigation and management for patients following stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (mini stroke). The aim of the website is to provide information on all aspects of Stroke and TIA.

The South Eastern Trust provides specialist stroke services across the Trust on an inpatient and community basis.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack, it happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off.
Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain, without blood your brain cells can be damaged or destroyed.

Because the brain controls everything your body does, a stroke will affect the way your body can function.
The commonest type of stroke is caused by a blockage in the blood vessel; this is called an Ischaemic stroke.
The second type of stroke is caused by a bleed (Haemorrhage), this happens when a blood vessel bursts.
It is important to seek medical attention immediately a stroke is suspected.

Common symptoms of stroke

A stroke happens very suddenly, symptoms include:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body 
  • Slurred speech or difficulty finding words 
  • Sudden blurring of vision or loss of sight
  • Difficulty swallowing normal liquids or food
  • Unsteadiness

FAST Stroke campaign

Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is often called a mini-stroke; the stroke symptoms usually last less than 30 minutes. A TIA may be a warning of a potential stroke – DO NOT IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS. If symptoms are persisting dial 999, if completely resolved contact your GP/Out of Hours service immediately.

The Stroke Team

Many different professions are involved in the care of patients after a stroke. The stroke team includes:

  • Medical staff will include a Consultant, Registrar and junior doctors 
  • Stroke Co-ordinator 
  • Stroke nurses 
  • Stroke Research Nurse 
  • Physiotherapists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Speech and Language Therapists 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Dietition 
  • Social Worker

Useful Links

Stroke Association -  
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke -  
Northern Ireland Multidisciplinary Association of Stroke Teams -