Treatment for stroke

Treatment for stroke: If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call triple zero (000) immediately. Stroke is always a medical emergency. 

Getting fast treatment for stroke can be the difference between death, disability and a good recovery. Call triple zero (000) and warn them it is a possible stroke when the ambulance is sent. 

Treatment for stroke in the Ambulance

A number of questions are asked while you wait for the paramedics to arrive. 

Here is emergency dialogue used in New South Wales, provided by the Ambulance Service of NSW. 

  • Is s/he completely awake? 
  • Is s/he breathing normally? 
  • Is s/he able to talk normally? 
  • Tell me why you think it’s a STROKE. 
  • When was s/he last without this problem? 
  • Has s/he ever had a stroke before? 

Post Dispatch Instructions: “I’m organising the Paramedics to help you. Stay on the line and I’ll tell you exactly what to do next”. 

Treatment for stroke in Stroke Units 

Care on a stroke unit is one of the most effective ways of treating a person after a stroke. A stroke unit is an area in a hospital where there is a specialised stroke team. 

Unfortunately not all hospitals have a specialised stroke unit, so you may be treated in a general hospital ward.