Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit 

We have a 17-bed Acute Brain Injury/Stroke Unit as part of Healthcare for London’s redesign of the specialist stroke services across London. The Stroke/Acute Brain Injury Unit is the next step of care for stroke patients who come to the HyperAcute Stroke Unit at UCLH. This unit aims to maximise functional recovery by exploring all means of neural protection and restoration after single incident brain injury. This provides organised acute inpatient treatment, care and rehabilitation followed by structured referral and follow-up for patients who have suffered stroke or a brain injury due to stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage or head injury.

Inpatient activity is complemented by a Nurse Specialist-led outreach service to each of the hospitals in the Trust and a follow-up outpatient service for recently discharged inpatients. This service includes a one-stop stroke and TIA clinic and a two-stop brain injury clinic, when outpatients have imaging and a neuropsychological assessment on the same day (stroke) or two weeks previously (brain injury) , followed by consultant-led clinical assessment. The Service has close clinical links with the Hyperacute Stroke Unit at UCH, as well as the Neurorehabilitation Unit and Department of Neuropsychology at NHNN, and the Cardiac Department at the Heart Hospital.
Conditions treated

We care for patients with:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Head injury
  • Intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Transient ischsaemic attack (TIA) 

Service statistics

Approximately 300 inpatients are seen each year - all are emergency admissions. Approximately 600 outpatients are seen, with waiting times varying according to clinical need from zero to four weeks. 

Dr Richard Greenwood Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit, Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Clinic, Hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU)
Dr Nick Losseff Neurology and neurosurgery, Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit, Hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU)
Professor Nick Ward Neurorehabilitation and Therapy services at NHNN, Neurology and neurosurgery, Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit
Dr David Werring Neurology and neurosurgery, Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit, Hyper-acute stroke unit (HASU), Stroke services at UCLH

 Contact details

Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Box 119
33 Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3416

General enquiries

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 0784
Fax: 020 3448 3711

Other information

Assistant General Manager: Marta Nowacka

General Manager: Roisin O’Connell
Email: roisin.o'

Service manager - Maurice Okello Jr