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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 Oxfordshire; any medical needs should fall within the remit of the GP
  • consent to ESD
  • be environment-assessed as safe by referring multidisciplinary team
  • be continent, or have a continence plan in place
  • need no assistance that their family / carers cannot support; care needs should be assessed prior to referral and will need to be supported by family or community support agencies (e.g. Home Assessment and Reablement Team (HART), private care)
  • be engaged with rehabilitation programme; goals should be identified prior to discharge from hospital
  • be able to mobilise and transfer safely independently, or with support from a trained carer, with or without equipment
  • be visually or verbally assessed by an ESD team professional, prior to acceptance into the ESD programme.

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).


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

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