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Stroke Care Units

Stroke is always a medical emergency. Time = brain. If you think someone is suffering a stroke call 000 immediately.

Stroke Care Units: What happens for people after a stroke is different for everybody. It depends on what sort of stroke a person has had and where in the brain the stroke has happened. Different people will recover in different ways.

  • Hospitals that have specialist staff and services specifically for stroke have been shown in research to improve care and outcomes for people with stroke.
  • Care in these ‘Stroke Care Units’ is recommended in national clinical guidelines and policy documents for hospitals that treat more than 75 strokes each year.
  • The following list provides details of which hospitals have dedicated stroke units as well as if they offer thrombolysis, a drug used very early after stroke (within first few hours) to dissolve the clot causing the stroke.
It is important to be aware of hospitals which have specialised stroke care units. The following list, provides these details.

Australian hospitals recommended to have stroke care units

Disclaimer: This information is based on self reported information as at July 2015 as part of the National Stroke Audit or subsequent contact with individual sites and was updated in January 2016. Attending a hospital listed here does not guarantee that stroke unit care or thrombolysis will be provided. If there is no information about a particular hospital assume there is no stroke unit or thrombolysis service provided.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
The Canberra Hospital Y Y
Calvary Health Care (private)   Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
The Canberra Hospital Y Y
Calvary Health Care (private)   Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Bankstown Hospital Y Y
Bathurst Base Hospital* Y Y
Belmont Hospital* Y N^
Blacktown Hospital Y Y
Bowral Hospital* Y N
Broken Hill Base Hospital N Y
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital Y N^
Campbelltown Hospital Y Y
Coffs Harbour Health Campus Y Y
Concord Hospital Y Y
Dubbo Base Hospital Y Y
Fairfield Hospital* Y N
Gosford Hospital Y Y
 Goulburn Hospital*  N  Y
 Grafton Base Hospital  N  N
 Griffith Base Hospital N Y
Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital Y Y
John Hunter Hospital Y Y
 Lismore Hospital Y Y
Liverpool Hospital Y Y
 Maitland Hospital  N N^
Manly Hospital Y N
Manning Rural Referral Hospital Y Y
Nepean Hospital Y Y
Orange Base Hospital Y Y
Port Macquarie Base Hospital Y Y
Prince of Wales Hospital Y Y
Royal North Shore Hospital Y Y
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Y Y
Shoalhaven Hospital Y N
St George Public Hospital Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney* Y Y
Sutherland Hospital Y N^
Tamworth Base Hospital Y Y
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
Y Y
Westmead Hospital
Y Y
Wollongong Hospital
Y Y
Wyong Hospital
Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Bankstown Hospital Y Y
Bathurst Base Hospital* Y Y
Belmont Hospital* Y N^
Blacktown Hospital Y Y
Bowral Hospital* Y N
Broken Hill Base Hospital N Y
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital Y N^
Campbelltown Hospital Y Y
Coffs Harbour Health Campus Y Y
Concord Hospital Y Y
Dubbo Base Hospital Y Y
Fairfield Hospital* Y N
Gosford Hospital Y Y
 Goulburn Hospital*  N  Y
 Grafton Base Hospital  N  N
 Griffith Base Hospital N Y
Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital Y Y
John Hunter Hospital Y Y
 Lismore Hospital Y Y
Liverpool Hospital Y Y
 Maitland Hospital  N N^
Manly Hospital Y N
Manning Rural Referral Hospital Y Y
Nepean Hospital Y Y
Orange Base Hospital Y Y
Port Macquarie Base Hospital Y Y
Prince of Wales Hospital Y Y
Royal North Shore Hospital Y Y
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Y Y
Shoalhaven Hospital Y N
St George Public Hospital Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney* Y Y
Sutherland Hospital Y N^
Tamworth Base Hospital Y Y
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
Y Y
Westmead Hospital
Y Y
Wollongong Hospital
Y Y
Wyong Hospital
Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Royal Darwin Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Royal Darwin Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Bundaberg Hospital Y N
Caboolture Hospital Y Y
Cairns Base Hospital Y Y
Gold Coast Hospital Y Y
Greenslopes Private Hospital Y Y
Gympie Hospital* Y Y
Hervey Bay Hospital Y Y
Ipswich Hospital Y Y
John Flynn Private Hospital Y Y
Logan Hospital Y Y
Mackay Hospital Y Y
Mater Adults Hospital Y Y
Princess Alexandra Hospital Y Y
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital* Y Y
Redcliffe Hospital Y Y
Redland Hospital Y Y
Robina Hospital Y Y
Rockhampton Hospital Y Y
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Y Y
 Sunshine Coast University Hospital  Y
The Prince Charles Hospital Y Y
Toowoomba Hospital Y Y
Townsville Hospital Y Y
Wesley (private) Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Bundaberg Hospital Y N
Caboolture Hospital Y Y
Cairns Base Hospital Y Y
Gold Coast Hospital Y Y
Greenslopes Private Hospital Y Y
Gympie Hospital* Y Y
Hervey Bay Hospital Y Y
Ipswich Hospital Y Y
John Flynn Private Hospital Y Y
Logan Hospital Y Y
Mackay Hospital Y Y
Mater Adults Hospital Y Y
Princess Alexandra Hospital Y Y
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital* Y Y
Redcliffe Hospital Y Y
Redland Hospital Y Y
Robina Hospital Y Y
Rockhampton Hospital Y Y
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Y Y
 Sunshine Coast University Hospital  Y
The Prince Charles Hospital Y Y
Toowoomba Hospital Y Y
Townsville Hospital Y Y
Wesley (private) Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Flinders Medical Centre Y Y
Lyell McEwin Hospital Y Y
 Mount Gambier Hospital N Y
Royal Adelaide Hospital Y Y
Whyalla Hospital* N Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Flinders Medical Centre Y Y
Lyell McEwin Hospital Y Y
 Mount Gambier Hospital N Y
Royal Adelaide Hospital Y Y
Whyalla Hospital* N Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Launceston General Hospital Y Y
 North West Regional Hospital  N  N
Royal Hobart Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
Launceston General Hospital Y Y
 North West Regional Hospital  N  N
Royal Hobart Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
 Albury Wodonga Health Service (Albury Campus) Y Y
The Alfred Hospital Y Y
The Austin Hospital Y Y
 Bairnsdale Hospital* N Y
Ballarat Health Services - Base Hospital Y Y
Bendigo Health Care Group Y Y
Box Hill Hospital Y Y
Cabrini (private) Health  Y Y
Central Gippsland Health Service (Sale Hospital)* Y Y
Dandenong Hospital Y N^
Echuca Hospital  Y Y
Epworth Healthcare Y Y
Frankston Hospital Y Y
Goulburn Valley Hospital Y Y
Latrobe Regional Hospital Y Y
Maroondah Hospital Y Y
Mildura Base Hospital* Y Y
Monash Medical Centre (Clayton) Y Y
Northeast Health Wangaratta N Y
Royal Melbourne Hospital Y Y
South West Healthcare (Warrnambool) Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
The Northern Hospital  Y Y
University Hospital Geelong Y Y
Western District Hamilton* Y Y
Western Health (Sunshine Hospital) Y Y
Western Gippsland Health Service* Y Y
 Wimmera Health Care Group*
(Horsham Base Hospital)
Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
 Albury Wodonga Health Service (Albury Campus) Y Y
The Alfred Hospital Y Y
The Austin Hospital Y Y
 Bairnsdale Hospital* N Y
Ballarat Health Services - Base Hospital Y Y
Bendigo Health Care Group Y Y
Box Hill Hospital Y Y
Cabrini (private) Health  Y Y
Central Gippsland Health Service (Sale Hospital)* Y Y
Dandenong Hospital Y N^
Echuca Hospital  Y Y
Epworth Healthcare Y Y
Frankston Hospital Y Y
Goulburn Valley Hospital Y Y
Latrobe Regional Hospital Y Y
Maroondah Hospital Y Y
Mildura Base Hospital* Y Y
Monash Medical Centre (Clayton) Y Y
Northeast Health Wangaratta N Y
Royal Melbourne Hospital Y Y
South West Healthcare (Warrnambool) Y Y
St Vincent's Hospital Y Y
The Northern Hospital  Y Y
University Hospital Geelong Y Y
Western District Hamilton* Y Y
Western Health (Sunshine Hospital) Y Y
Western Gippsland Health Service* Y Y
 Wimmera Health Care Group*
(Horsham Base Hospital)
Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
 Albany Hospital N N
 Bunbury Hospital N N
Fiona Stanley Hospital Y Y
Royal Perth Hospital Y Y
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Y Y
St John of God Midland Public Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.
Hospital
Stroke unit
Thrombolysis
 Albany Hospital N N
 Bunbury Hospital N N
Fiona Stanley Hospital Y Y
Royal Perth Hospital Y Y
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Y Y
St John of God Midland Public Hospital Y Y
  1. The Acute Stroke Services Framework (2015) recommends all hospitals admitting 75 or more patients with stroke per year should have a stroke unit. The framework can be accessed from here.  
  2. *Hospital which currently admit less than 75 patients with stroke per year. 
  3. ^Hospitals with local arrangements for bypassing thrombolysis candidates to nearby stroke unit hospital who offer thrombolysis.