The L&D Stroke Service provides Hyperacute (clot buster), Acute and Rehabilitation services. It is an accredited specialist stroke unit for the region, serving a catchment population of 750,000 people.
The team provides specialist stroke services to patients across Luton, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. The unit treats patients admitted as emergencies through the Emergency Department and accepts transfers from other hospitals.
The L&D is the regional designated hospital for Thrombolysis, where a drug is used to dissolve blood clots in the brain, reducing the damage to the surrounding brain. This is emergency treatment which has to be given within four and half hours of the stroke occurring, however it may not be appropriate in every case.
There is close integration with the neurosurgical team at Queen’s Square Hospital, London / Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge for those patients who require neurosurgical intervention. We also work closely with the Vascular Unit at Bedford Hospital.
www.stroke.org.uk – Stroke Association
www.brainandspine.org.uk – British Brain and Spine Foundation
www.differentstrokes.co.uk – for Young Strokes
Local Telephone Nos:
Careline – south beds – 01582603893
Family Support & Advice:
Luton – 01582891330
Central Beds – 01582690984
Equipment and advice – 01582470900
Luton – 01582 547659
Dunstable – 01582 665861
Leighton Buzzard – 01525 381775
Preferred GP referral process, e.g. TIA Referral form (click here) or by letter directly addressed to:
Out Patients Booking Dept Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ
Clinic name: TIA clinics (codes T1,T3,T5,T7,T9,T11), Stroke follow up clinics (codes T2, T4,T6,T8,T10)
Clinic Type: Adult
TIA clinics 7 days a week.
Referrals are from GPs, A/E, & ambulance crews using specified referrals form) 09.00 – 12.00.
Stroke Clinics (mostly follow ups) – Monday to Friday 13.30 – 16.30. Referrals may be by writing. Consultants will decide to slot them in new clinics or follow up clinics.
Links to tertiary centres:
Stroke service has established links to tertiary centres – Addenbrooke’s (Cambridge), Queen Square (London), Charing Cross (London) and John Radcliffe (Oxford).
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.