Stroke patients will get extra help
A new information point is to be launched at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to help prepare stroke survivors and their carers for their life after they leave hospital.
The information point will be run by charities Carers Gloucestershire and the Stroke Association. It will be available on between 2.30 – 4.30pm on alternate stroke wards 6b and 8a, on Thursday afternoons following an official launch tomorrow.
Stroke Association coordinator Melanie Curtis explained: "A stroke can happen very suddenly and can be a life changing experience - leaving patients and the people close to them feeling very vulnerable and uncertain about what the future will hold.
"This new information point will offer them the chance to address some of these concerns by providing information about community services such as advocacy, support in getting back to work, benefit checks, opportunities to support carers, , insurance, and a chance to talk with someone in person. We really hope patients and their carers will come along and give us a try."
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Head of Patient Experience at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gill Brook said: "We are proud to be working with Carers Gloucestershire, Age UK and the Stroke Association to help support carers. Becoming a carer and also becoming the person who needs that care and support from a friend or family member is life changing. Information and support is crucial . Having this resource will contribute to enabling people achieve the best quality of live they can in these circumstances. We will continue working together to make this resource available to some other wards in the Trust where the needs are greatest".
Patient Tony Goss, who lives in Tredworth, had a stroke in October 2010 and was treated on Ward 6b. He said: "The ward staff were excellent whilst I was in hospital but I wasn't sure about the help and resources available once I got home, for example benefits etc as up to the stroke I had always worked. The idea of a Stroke Information Point is fantastic to help both patients and their relatives or carers to get the help they need."