Stroke Care Realignment in the South West LHIN

Funding announced to support changes to stroke care

Evidence shows stroke survivors and people at high risk of stroke achieve the best outcomes if they are treated by practitioners with recognized stroke expertise and experience. Our goal for all residents of the South West LHIN who experience a stroke is that they are admitted to a designated stroke centre, so they can receive specialized care that meets best practice guidelines.

On February 5, 2016, the Ministry announced $1.72 million to assist in our efforts to improve stroke care in the South West LHIN. We will be working with hospital partners to allocate the new resources. Small hospitals will not have their funding impacted by these changes.

The funding announcement comes after partners in the South West LHIN took an extensive look at hospital stroke care services to make sure that they provided the highest quality care. As a result, stroke care currently provided at 28 hospital sites across the LHIN, will in the future be provided at 7 hospital sites.

  • Acute Stroke Care will be provided by: London Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital); Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (Stratford General Hospital); Grey Bruce Health Services (Owen Sound Hospital); St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (Telestroke Hospital providing access to tPA only)

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Care will be provided by: St. Joseph’s Health Care, London – Parkwood Institute; Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (Stratford General Hospital); Grey Bruce Health Services (Owen Sound Hospital); St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital; Woodstock Hospital

These changes ensure that all residents in our LHIN will receive best practice stroke care and achieve the best possible outcomes after a stroke.