Windsor Regional Hospital

Acute Stroke Unit established at Windsor Regional Hospital


Windsor Regional Hospital has established a new 16-bed Acute Stroke Unit at its Ouellette campus, a move that concentrates all Windsor Essex stroke patients in a dedicated unit providing specialized care for better patient outcomes.

This unit is staffed by an inter-professional stroke team with a specialized interest in stroke care, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.

The move transfers stroke services to the 8th Floor West at Ouellette campus, which was already accounting for most local stroke patient volume, requiring the transfer of a smaller number of stroke patients from WRH’s Met Campus and Leamington District Memorial Hospital to this specialized unit.
Rather than having patients dispersed throughout the region, this unit allows us to concentrate our local stroke care expertise on one floor, on one unit, to realize better outcomes.

Concentrating stroke patients in one unit is a best practice included in an Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report (2011), which recommends that there be efforts made to transport persons with stroke to hospitals with specialized stroke units (also known as “designated stroke centres”) to continue a trend of reduced mortality.

Windsor Regional Hospital is the District Stroke Centre for Windsor-Essex and provides leadership, development, implementation and integration of stroke care for residents throughout their Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, and includes all points of the spectrum of stroke care from promotion and primary and secondary prevention, to acute care, rehabilitation and home care.