Have your say on our proposals to improve stroke services

We want to know what you think about our proposals to improve stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire before we decide what happens next.

As part of this formal public consultation, we want to know:

  • Whether you see why we think it’s a good idea to change stroke services
  • What you think about having emergency specialist treatment at one Hyper-acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at Southmead Hospital to support everybody who has a suspected stroke or immediately after a stroke
  • What you think of the different options for ongoing acute treatment in hospital (ASU) in the first week after a stroke
    • Having our team of expert staff and services across two stroke wards at Southmead Hospital and at Bristol Royal Infirmary
    • Having our team of expert staff and services at one stroke ward at Southmead Hospital
  • Where you think we should have a second live-in rehabilitation unit (SSARU) for people who aren’t ready to return to where they live
    • We know we need one rehab unit on the Weston General Hospital site to meet the needs of the population
    • We’d like to know your thoughts about the location of a second rehab unit.

In addition, we’d like to get your feedback on our wider ideas for stroke services including the Integrated Community Stroke Services. You can also let us know if you have any alternative proposals or ideas for the delivery of stroke services in our area.

The survey is also available in easy read and aphasia friendly formats:

Join us at an event

We’re holding a range of informal events where you can learn more, ask questions and share your thoughts. We can provide extra support at these discussions for people who find it hard to speak, those who have eyesight or hearing difficulties and people who speak various languages.

Online events:

Face- to-face events:

Subject to Government restrictions, we will be holding a number of face-to-face events across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.   More information will be added to this page as soon as it becomes available. To register your interest, please email us bnssg.strokeprogramme@nhs.net, providing your name and letting us know if you would prefer to attend an event in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

Want to know more about the proposals? See About this consultation for a range of materials to help you understand our proposals and the thoughts behind them.

Independent stroke consultation survey:

An Independent survey on the stroke consultation will be carried out by ICM Unlimited with around 1000 residents across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Using data, they will identify a sample that is representative of the population of the area, making sure that they include a diverse range of geographic locations and demographics, such as age, gender and ethnicity. Please be aware that they may be in your area and will be conducting these surveys face to face through door knocking. They will have identification badges and will be following strict safety precautions in line with Government Covid-19 guidance. If you are visited and have any concerns, please do let the member of staff know.

Frequently Asked Questions:

You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to areas you may be concerned about.