Stroke Care

Stroke Care

A seamless stroke care experience for patients in Scarborough.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is transforming care through our Stroke Centre of Excellence, where patients and families have access to seamless stroke care service here in our community. Our stroke program provides high quality, patient-centred care, treating and educating patients and their caregivers throughout the acute stroke phase of their illness.

We have dedicated facilities, spaces and resources, and our stroke team is comprised of skilled health care professionals with specialized training and expertise in the management of stroke patients.

How to Access Care

For Emergency Stroke Care

Call 911

If you think that you or someone you’re with is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will get you where you need to go the fastest.


Acute stroke patients in Scarborough will be taken to the Stroke Centre of Excellence at Birchmount hospital.


Hyperacute stroke patients will be taken to a regional stroke centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre or Unity Health – St. Michael’s Hospital.

Contact us

Integrated Stroke Unit

  • Location: Birchmount Hospital, Unit 4B, 4th floor
  • Phone: 416-495-2538 ext. 4238
  • Fax: 416-495-2623

Stroke Prevention Clinic

  • Location: Birchmount Hospital, 4th floor
  • Phone: 416-495-2558
  • Fax: 416-495-2581

Our Services

Emergency Stroke Care

Signs of stroke include: drooping in your face, difficulty raising your arms, slurring of your speech.

If you think that you or someone you’re with is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will get you where you need to go the fastest.

Where EMS will take you

Acute stroke patients in Scarborough will be taken to the Stroke Centre of Excellence at Birchmount hospital.


Hyperacute stroke patients will be taken to a regional stroke centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre or Unity Health – St. Michael’s Hospital.

SHN's Emergency Departments

Stroke patients in the Emergency Departments at SHN’s Centenary and General hospitals will get rapid treatment and assessment.


Acute stroke patients who are a fit for the Integrated Stroke Unit, will be transferred and admitted to the Stroke Centre of Excellence at Birchmount.


Minor stroke patients (who have experienced a transient ischemic attack or TIA) will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment with the Stroke Prevention Clinic.

Emergency care provided

If you arrive at the hospital because you may be having a stroke, your emergency care may include:

  • Diagnostic Imaging (CT and MRI)

  • Consultations (Internal Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology)

  • Urgent TIA assessments

  • EEG testing (for neurology patients)

  • Coordination of secondary stroke prevention follow-up care

Know the Signs of Stroke

Integrated Stroke Unit

Acute Stroke Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute stroke patients who admitted to SHN, will be cared for on the Integrated Stroke Unit — located at our Stroke Centre of Excellence at Birchmount Hospital. Patients will have a seamless journey of care, first receiving specialized medical care and then being transitioned — if they require — into rehabilitation all within the same space, without having to move from unit to unit. Our Integrated Stroke Unit is best practice for treating stroke inpatients, providing faster service, less time spent in the hospital, and better recovery and quality of life when they return home.

FEATURES

22 beds for specialized, acute stroke care and rehabilitation services

A gym for occupational and physical therapy

An enhanced lounge for becoming more mobile and getting back to daily activities

A quiet room for speech assessment andtherapy

Contact information

  • Location: Birchmount Hospital, Unit 4B, 4th floor

  • Phone: 416-495-2538 ext. 4238

  • Fax: 416-495-2623

Stroke Prevention Clinic

The Stroke Centre at Birchmount also includes an outpatient Stroke Prevention Clinic that helps to support patients in managing their risk factors for stroke.

FEATURES

For patients who have had a “mini” or “warning” stroke known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or have symptoms of TIA

Open five days a week

Provides consultations, and partners with SHN’s emergency departments and family physicians in the community

Contact information

  • Location: Birchmount Hospital, 4th floor

  • Phone: 416-495-2558

  • Fax: 416-495-2581

Dedicated Stroke Care Team

Stroke care at the Centre are delivered through a coordinated, interprofessional approach. The stroke care team includes:

Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehab Assistants, Speech Language Therapists, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Dietitians, and Spiritual Care

Physicians specialists in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Physiatry