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Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service for Stroke

The Oxfordshire Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service for Stroke aims to speed up the discharge of stroke patients by continuing their rehabilitation in their home after they leave hospital, providing the same level of rehabilitation in the community as that provided on an inpatient Stroke Unit.

The team comprises:

Each patient is set specific goals, which take into account the needs and abilities of their carer or carers.

For more information please download our leaflet at the link below:

Oxford Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service for Stroke (pdf)

Patient eligibility criteria

Patients must:

  • have a diagnosis of a new stroke
  • live within Oxfordshire
  • be registered with a GP in the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group; any medical needs should fall within the remit of the GP
  • consent to ESD
  • be assessed as safe to return home by referring multidisciplinary team
  • be continent, or have a continence plan in place
  • have their care needs assessed before referral and be supported by family or community support agencies e.g. Home Assessment and Reablement Team (HART)
  • be engaged with their rehabilitation programme; goals should be identified before discharge from hospital
  • have a safe transfer method established and the appropriate equipment in place before discharge.

We cover the county of Oxfordshire.

Please note: this service does not have its own Care Team.

Care must be organised by the referrers through the Home Assessment and Reablement Team (HART).

Tel: 01865 572917


Referrals can be made by specialist stroke consultants or therapists. Please use the telephone number below if you have any queries.

Please complete the referral form and return it to us.

Please also contact us by telephone to discuss the referral.

ESD Office: 01865 572723

Find us and contact us

ESD Office
Level 4, Lionel Cosin Day Hospital
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxford OX3 9DU

ESD Office: 01865 572723
The team works Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm

Team leaders

  • Carly Elphick, Physiotherapist
  • Jennifer Huffadine, Occupational Therapist
  • Heather Rivers, Physiotherapist
  • Clare Mahon, Physiotherapist
  • Emma Pilkington, Speech and Language Therapist