Medical audit is vital to ensure continuous quality assurance and quality improvements. We did a retrospective study to ascertain the adequacy of clinical documentation and the factors hindering early discharge after an acute stroke in a restructured hospital. The medical records of all patients with acute stroke who died or were discharged from a restructured hospital in Singapore in January and February 1999 were reviewed retrospectively. Demographic data and the presence or absence of clinical documentation were noted. Factors hindering the discharge of patients at Day 5, Day 10 of stroke and at final discharge were noted and classified into: stroke-related, complications of stroke, medical-related and social factors. There were 101 patients in the study cohort, 55 males (54.5%) and 46 females (45.5%). The mean age was 67.9 years (SD 12.3). Documentation in Barthel scores (0%), presence of depression (0%), mental scores (1.0%), visual problems (10.0%), bladder continence (39.6%), admission functional status (37.6%) and dysphagia (52.5%) were deficient. The mean length of stay (LOS) was 13.0 (SD 14.2) days. The main factor hindering discharge at Day 5 (90.4%), Day 10 (95.2%) and at final discharge (82.1%) was stroke-related problems. Poor function (60.3%) and dysphagia (15.8%) were the 2 most common stroke-related problems hindering final discharge. Complications of stroke, medical-related problems and social reasons hindered final discharge in 10.8%, 17.8% and 2.9% of patients respectively. This audit revealed inadequacy in clinical documentation in patients with acute stroke. The main hindrance to final discharge of patients was stroke-related problems. The 2 most important stroke-related problems were poor function and dysphagia.