Ontario’s Regional Stroke Networks (Ontario Stroke System)
The Ontario Stroke System (OSS) is a collaborative system of provider organizations and partners that aims to coordinate and improve stroke prevention and care across the entire continuum. Its leadership is provided by the Ontario Stroke Network, and it is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
The OSS is based on a three-tier model of care that includes regional stroke centres, district stroke centres and community hospitals across Ontario. The OSS has four guiding principles:
- Comprehensiveness: Improve stroke services across the continuum of care, from prevention to care in a long-term care or community setting.
- Integrated: Create an integrated or coordinated system of care where different services and sectors function as a unified whole across the continuum of care and across Ontario.
- Evidence-based: Promote the use of practices and care that are supported by scientific evidence or are considered the gold standard according to prevailing knowledge.
- Province-wide: Benefit all Ontarians, regardless of their geographic location.
Find a Stroke Centre Near You
Please select the type of Centre you wish to contact.
- District Stroke Centres
A facility that has written stroke protocols for emergency services, emergency department and acute care, including: transport and triage protocols; ability to offer thrombolytic therapy to suitable ischemic stroke patients; timely computed tomography (CT) scanning and expert interpretation; clinicians with stroke expertise; and linkages to rehabilitation and secondary prevention.
- Regional Stroke Centres
A facility that has all the requirements of a district stroke centre, plus neurosurgical facilities and interventional radiology.
- Stroke Prevention Clinics
An outpatient clinic for people who have signs and symptoms of a recent stroke or transient ischemic attack.