Outside GRH's emergency department
If you have stroke symptoms, dial 911 right away.

When you have a stroke, you need to call 911 right away. Trained emergency medical services (EMS) personal will take you to Grand River Hospital’s KW Campus (835 King Street West in Kitchener) or to Guelph General Hospital.

Time matters during a stroke. Every minute can mean a million lost brain cells. EMS will get you to the best facility for your needs, and provide you with treatment. This may include clot-busting therapies for appropriate patients, provided at GRH and GGH.

There may be times following a stroke event when you will not need a hospital admission, but have to have follow-up. GRH’s secondary stroke prevention clinic (SSPC) is designed to meet the needs of these people.

A nurse caring for a stroke patient

Once you, or a family member, is admitted, we’ll continue to provide care on the fifth floor D wing of the GRH KW Campus.

This integrated stroke unit is staffed around the clock with a team of health professionals who can help you recover. Most patients stay in the integrated stroke unit for three to seven days, and then move to rehabilitation or home.

You can get to this unit via the D wing elevators just behind the reception desk at the KW Campus main entrance.