The Owen Sound Hospital is designated as the District Stroke Centre for this area and offers complete stroke care. We offer patients an emergency stroke assessment, which includes a brain scan and if appropriate, provision of the clot busting drug (tPA). This medication can potentially reduce or eliminate the damaging effects of stroke. Once you have been assessed, you may be referred to one or more of the following services. Your health care team will help determine which services are right for you.
Stroke Prevention Clinic – If diagnosed with a mini stroke (TIA) or stroke, your doctor may refer you for further assessment and follow-up at the Stroke Prevention Clinic. For information on visits to the Clinic, click here.
Acute Stroke Team –if hospitalized, you will be seen by expert stroke professionals specializing in your stroke recovery. The team includes physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational and recreational therapists, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists and pharmacists.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit – If intensive therapy is required to help you maximize your recovery from stroke, you may be referred for inpatient rehabilitation. You will receive therapy for a minimum of 3 hours per day to support your rehab goals.
Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team – After discharge from hospital, you may need the ongoing support and therapy that this team can provide in combination with the Community Care Access Centre. After a stroke there is a critical three-month window in which to provide rehabilitation to ensure you have the best possible recovery. These teams will come to your home to provide rehabilitation services.
How Do I Book An Appointment?
Anyone (patient, family, healthcare provider), can make a referral to the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team. For more information or to refer, call 1-866-310-7577.
For other stroke related information, call our Stroke Educator at 519-376-2121 ext. 2825.
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Heart and Stroke Foundation - Stroke Report 2015
The 2015 Stroke Report highlights challenges in the vital first hours after stroke that are preventing too many Canadians from getting the best care.
Too few Canadians recognize the signs of stroke, and too often there are delays in important steps in diagnosis and treatment.
Stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate action and medical attention. The faster someone experiencing a stroke gets to a hospital that provides acute stroke care services, the better their chances of survival and recovery with little or no disability. But this is not happening to the extent it should.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation recently launched a new campaign promoting the acronym FAST as a simple way to help Canadians recognize the signs of stroke and take action.
Learn the Signs of Stroke
F ACE - is it drooping?
A RMS - can you raise both?
S PEECH - is it slurred or jumbled?
T IME to call 9-1-1 right away.
- 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – that is one stroke every nine minutes.
- 83 per cent of those who have a stroke and make it to hospital will now survive.
- Stroke can happen at any age. Stroke among people under 65 is increasing.
Watch the Stroke Month 2015: What is Stroke Video or visit: http://www.heartandstroke.com for more informaiton.