Auckland DHB Older People's Health
Public Service, Older People's Health
DAY ASSESSMENT - Stroke Clinic
The Stroke Clinic is held in the Home Health and Older Peoples Health Building (Building 17) at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
The Day Assessment team is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals. This includes Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics, Gerontology Nursing and a Geriatrician.
You may be invited for a re-assessment 6 months following your discharge from the Community Rehabilitation Programme or you may be referred for an assessment by your GP, Specialist or Stroke Foundation Field Officer.
There may be a waiting time to be seen in clinic. Waiting times for clinics range from 2 weeks to 2 months, depending on the urgency of the condition described in the referral letter.
Please telephone the Contact Centre on the numbers listed above to confirm your appointment. A family member, care giver or friend may confirm the appointment for you. Hearing and/or speech impaired patients are welcome to confirm their appointment via fax.
Family members and care givers are welcome to attend Day Assessment if you wish.
Please arrive in the Department on time. Every effort will be made to keep to the appointment time, but delays may be experienced.
Should an interpreter be required because you do not speak English as a first language, an interpreter will be arranged for you prior to your clinic appointment.
What to Expect
The assessment usually takes from 2 - 4 hours.
You will be asked general questions about your health and wellbeing. You may be measured, weighed and your blood pressure may also be taken.
Depending on your needs you will be seen by some of the following health professionals: Gerontology Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Dietitian.
If required, you may also be seen by a Geriatrician.
There will be a trained Stroke Foundation Field Officer available on site to discuss any stroke-related problems. The Field Officer can advise on services available in the community, liaise with Stroke Clubs and provide ongoing support to stroke families. The Field Officer can also help with questions about carer relief programmes and how to access services and funding.
A sandwich and beverage will be provided for you if you are here over lunchtime.
A letter will be sent to you and your GP summarising the assessment findings along with any plans agreed with you on the day.
What to Bring to your Appointment
* All medications you are currently taking including non prescription medication in their original bottles and containers or blister packs
* Any spectacles or hearing devices you are currently using
* Any x-rays or other medical information which may be relevant to this appointment
* Other medical information which may be relevant to this appointment
* Your usual walking aid and/or wheelchair if you use one
* Any orthotic devices you normally use, for example a walking splint or a hand splint