New stroke guidance launches in Weston today

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2015

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STROKE survivors and their families can get better support and guidance for living with their condition in Weston-super-Mare after a new NHS café was launched today (Thursday).

The Stroke Café will be held at Weston General Hospital in Grange Road and its announcement coincides with World Stroke Day, which highlights the huge number of strokes affecting people in the UK.

Every year, more than 150,000 people suffer from strokes nationwide.

The café will aim to give survivors a safe place to socialise and meet other people who have been through similar experiences.

The first meeting will be on November 5, from 10-11.30am at Costa, in the hospital foyer.

The group will then meet fortnightly at the same time and place, with all survivors, their friends and family welcome to attend.

Sarah Miller, from the Stroke Association, said: “More people than ever before are surviving a stroke.

“The Stroke Café will provide an opportunity for people to get information about strokes and life-after strokes while meeting others in similar situations who understand what they are experiencing.

“It will give stroke survivors the chance to build social connections and friendships which can continue outside of the groups.

“In addition, it will allow stroke survivors, carers, staff, and visitors to find out more about strokes and prevention.

“We are confident the group will help to reduce isolation and depression for those affected by strokes in North Somerset.”

Specialist advisors will be on hand to help with support to help those living with a stroke, and there will be information available for people to take away.

Chris Perry, the trust’s director of nursing, said: “We’re pleased to host the Stroke Café at the trust.

“It’s a great opportunity for stroke survivors to meet other people who have been affected by stroke and to share their experiences.

“We’re positive the group will make a big difference to stroke survivors in the local area.”

Information about living with strokes and how to avoid them will be available from the hospital foyet today.

For further details about the support group please contact Sarah Miller on sarah.miller@stroke.org.uk or 01179 111496.


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