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University Hospital London, On

Thames Valley District Stroke Centre

London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital

339 Windermere Road
London, Ontario N6A 5A5


Parkwood Institute

550 Wellington Road
London, Ontario N6C 0A7

(Parkwood Institute is a component of St. Joseph’s Heath Care London)


District Stroke Coordinator: 

Gwenyth Stevenson, 519-685-8500 ext. 32264, gwenyth.stevenson@lhsc.on.ca


Thames Valley comprises the lower third of the South West LHIN, with its southern border being Lake Erie. The Thames River winds throughout the district, giving the area its name. Elgin County, Oxford County, and Middlesex-London comprise Thames Valley forming a mixture of large city, small cities and towns, hamlets, and flat expanses of farmland. Approximately 660,000 people reside in the area, with almost two-thirds of those living in the city of London.

The health profile varies across the district, but a number of areas are higher than the provincial average in smoking, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. About 800-900 people experience a stroke each year in Thames Valley.

Hyperacute and Acute

London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital (UH) is both the Regional Centre for the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network and the designated stroke centre for Thames Valley. It offers specialized services for the hyperacute and acute components of the continuum of stroke care. These include the administration of tPA for eligible candidates, neurosurgery, and comprehensive, interdisciplinary care on an acute stroke unit.

Secondary Stroke Prevention

The Urgent TIA and Carotid Endartectomy Clinics are also housed at UH. The Urgent TIA Clinic offers rapid access to stroke neurologists, specialized diagnostics, and intervention for those suspected of having a transient ischemic attack or non-disabling stroke. Serving the South West LHIN, the Carotid Endartectomy Clinic streamlines access to surgeons to be assessed for carotid revascularization surgery (endartectomy or stenting).


Like UH, Parkwood Institute is both the Regional Centre and designated stroke centre for Thames Valley. Here, rehabilitation is provided on a dedicated stroke rehabilitation unit by a full interdisciplinary team. Rehabilitation is also offered on the general rehabilitation units at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Woodstock General Hospital (WGH), the latter being the first referral destination for Oxford County. Outpatient rehabilitation is available through Parkwood Institute and WGH.

The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT), operated out of Parkwood Institute, offers specialized, interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation within the home and community.

Thames Valley District Stroke Council

The Thames Valley District Stroke Council acts as an advisory committee, providing guidance on stroke prevention, care, recovery and reintegration in their geographic areas for the purpose of continuous quality improvement.




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