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Stroke Center

Center for Neurosciences

Stroke Care When You Need It

Fast, expert care is critical when you are experiencing a stroke. You can trust the team at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, collaborating with Mass General Brigham’s team, to offer the best quality stroke care when you need it most.

Wentworth-Douglass was the first hospital in New Hampshire to earn Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading healthcare accrediting agency.

As a Primary Stroke Center, Wentworth-Douglass provides the best practices in acute stroke care to achieve better outcomes for our patients. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic criteria to safely select whether or not you should undergo thrombolytic therapy that can open up closed arteries to the brain to reverse the injury and protect the brain.

MGB’s Experts, 24 Hours per Day

Through our affiliation with Mass General Brigham, we have full access to their expert clinicians through telemedicine videoconferencing. Telemedicine allows MGB stroke specialists to interact with patients and providers in real-time to diagnose and make treatment recommendations. 

Stroke Rehabilitation

We are also here to support you through your recovery and help you regain your function. Our Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program for stroke patients and others with brain impairments can help improve cognition, communication, physical and social deficits through comprehensive therapies.

Be Fast


There are six BE FAST signs to help you recognize when someone is having a stroke. If you see these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. A fast reaction can make all the difference.

Has the person experienced a sudden loss of balance?

Is the person experiencing a loss of vision in one or both eyes?

Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift downward?

Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly? Is the speech slurred?

If the person shows any sign of these symptoms, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.


Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable. It starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical inactivity. Talk to your doctor about your stroke risk factors. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 right away.

It is important not to ignore stroke symptoms. It’s also important to know you have a Stroke Center right here in Dover. The expert care team at Wentworth-Douglass is ready when you or a loved one need help.

To contact the Stroke Center, please call 603-609-6198.


Sameen Jafari, M.D.

Wentworth Health Partners Coastal Neurology Services

Dover, NH 03820

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Gary Usher, MD

Wentworth Health Partners Coastal Neurology Services

Dover, NH 03820

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Coastal Neurology Services

10 Members Way
Dover, NH 03820

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Office: (603) 749-0913

Fax: (603) 749-0973

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Outpatient Center

121 Corporate Drive (Building C)
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Office: (603) 610-8075

Fax: (603) 610-8076

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