Early Supported Discharge Service
The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) team is a specialist multidisciplinary team based at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. The team provides assessment and rehabilitation both on Beech Ward (a neuro-rehabilitation ward for adults with a stroke or neurological diagnosis) and in the community with adults post-stroke.
The team consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, a psychologist and therapy assistants. Patients are offered up to six weeks of intensive rehabilitation which aims to facilitate return to previous daily life and independence focusing on patient-led goals. The ESD team has strong links with the Stroke Association and staff and patients work closely with a local Stroke Association support worker who provides guidance, advice and long-term help to patients and families in collaboration with the team. Patients with a diagnosis of stroke are also followed up six months from the date of their stroke to review and discuss their ongoing recovery, and signpost to long term sources of support if required.
Where service is based
Ground Floor, Epping Forest Unit
St Margaret’s Hospital
Rehabilitation is provided in patient’s homes/communities or as outpatient sessions at community hospitals.
Hours of operation
Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00
How to contact service
Single Point of Access (SPA): 0300 123 5433
How to access the service
Please ask for a referral from one of the following:
- Health care professionals in acute stroke units