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Toronto Stroke Networks Updates

Below is a listing of current news items.  For previously posted items, please refer to the Archived Posts page.

Orientation to Stroke Care in Toronto

The Orientation to Stroke Care in Toronto resource has been created for all new staff working in stroke care.

Objectives of this resource are to:

  • Enhance knowledge of the stroke system of care in Toronto.
  • Increase understanding of the Toronto Stroke Networks’ (TSNs’) function and initiatives in supporting best practice stroke care.
  • Raise awareness of educational opportunities and resources to support clinical practice.

The orientation resource is located within the Toronto Stroke Networks’ Virtual Community of Practice (TSNs VCoP).  If you are a TSNs VCoP member, click here to access this resource.  If you are not yet a member, please go to


Celebrating Stroke Awareness Month at St. Michael’s Hospital

For stroke awareness month, the Stroke Assessment and Treatment Team at St. Michael’s Hospital created a series of educational newsletters on a variety of stroke topics for healthcare professionals who may not be as familiar with stroke. The topics include: inpatient code stroke, hyperacute stroke care, post-stroke communication, and rehabilitation.  We are delighted to share these with you and hope they will be of some use!

Please share the below newsletters with your teams as appropriate:

Issue 1: The Inpatient Code Stroke

Issue 2:  The Acute Code Stroke

Issue 3: Post-Stroke Communication

Issue 4: Rehabilitation


Stroke Emergency Care during COVID-19

With attention on COVID-19, recent news reports show fewer stroke patients are being admitted to hospitals around the world.  This could be due to fear of getting the COVID-19 virus.  There is also false belief that hospitals are too busy to care for those with a stroke.  As this is not the case, if you or your family member have any stroke symptoms, the hospital is the best place to go.

Anyone with stroke symptoms should call 9-1-1 right away. Stroke is a medical emergency. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.


For more information about the warning signs of stroke, please go to the Heart & Stroke website.

To download a copy of the Heart & Stroke FAST poster, click here.





To download the Aphasia Institute poster, click here.













Resources to Support the Delivery of Stroke Care for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19

The North & East GTA and Toronto West Stroke Networks have developed a series of resources to support the delivery of stroke care for healthcare providers during COVID-19.

Resources include:

  • Acute care profession-specific stroke quick reference guides and assessment checklists
  • Virtual care resources to support healthcare providers in the areas of stroke rehabilitation and secondary prevention
  • A COVID-19 discussion group to address any questions or concerns

To access these resources, login to the Toronto Stroke Networks’ Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP), then click the ‘Resources‘ tab.  If you are not a VCoP member, please go to to join the VCoP.


Other Resources:

A list of modified services and supports available during COVID-19 has been complied by Matthew Dewar, MSW, RSW, Community Development Officer, Community Crisis Response Program at City Hall.  Please be aware that services/supports are subject to change.  To access this resource, please click here.[….]

Resources have also been collected to support persons with stroke and their caregivers during COVID-19.  Please share the following information with your patients and their caregivers:  COVID-19: Patient and Caregiver Resources.


Resources to Support Persons with Stroke and their Caregivers during COVID-19

Information has been collected by the Ontario Regional Stroke Networks’ Community & Long-Term Group to support persons with stroke and their caregivers during COVID-19.  To access these resources, click the links below:


Other Helpful Links:

If you have any questions about these resources, email us at moc.ekortsotnull@ofni.


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