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Stroke Centre

The Owen Sound hospital is designated as the District Stroke Centre for this area and offers complete stroke care.  The video below provides an introduction to the health care team that works together to provide excellent stroke care from the moment a patient enters our Emergency Department, to their discharge back home or to another faciliy.

We offer patients an emergency stroke assessment, which includes a brain scan and if appropriate, provision of the clot busting drug (tPA). This medication can potentially reduce or eliminate the damaging effects of stroke. Once you have been assessed, you may be referred to one or more of the following services. Your health care team will help determine which services are right for you.

Stroke Prevention Clinic – If diagnosed with a mini stroke (TIA) or stroke, your doctor may refer you for further assessment and follow-up at the Stroke Prevention Clinic. For information on visits to the clinic, click here.

Acute Stroke Team –If hospitalized, you will be seen by expert stroke professionals specializing in your stroke recovery. The team includes physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational and recreational therapists, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists and pharmacists.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit – If intensive therapy is required to help you maximize your recovery from stroke, you may be referred for inpatient rehabilitation.  You will receive therapy for a minimum of 3 hours per day to support your rehab goals.

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team – After discharge from hospital, you may need the ongoing support and therapy that this team can provide in combination with the Community Care Access Centre.  After a stroke there is a critical three-month window in which to provide rehabilitation to ensure you have the best possible recovery. These teams will come to your home to provide rehabilitation services.

How do I book an appointment?

Anyone (patient, family, healthcare provider), can make a referral to the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team.  For more information or to refer, call  1-866-310-7577.

For other stroke related information, call our Stroke Educator at 519-376-2121 ext. 2825.

Grey Bruce Stroke Centre Video 

The video below showcases the full range of resources dedicated to working with stroke patients. Grey Bruce Health Services rewards staff by giving Quality Awards to high performing teams, and the Stroke Centre team won a Quality Award in 2016.

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Learn the Signs of Stroke

F ACE - is it drooping?
A RMS - can you raise both?
S PEECH - is it slurred or jumbled?
T IME to call 9-1-1 right away.

Stroke Facts

  • 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – that is one stroke every nine minutes.
  • 83 per cent of those who have a stroke and make it to hospital will now survive.
  • Stroke can happen at any age. Stroke among people under 65 is increasing.

Watch the What is Stroke Video below or visit: for more information.

Pauline Goff

The stroke team helped 85-year-old Pauline Goff improve the skills she lost after her stroke. “Once again I can take walks, socialize with friends and family and use my TV remote control. The team even taught me how to check my own blood pressure.” 

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