New service to help survivors of stroke launched in Wakefield

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A NEW service to help people who have suffered a stroke has been launched.

Health bosses say the district’s Stroke Support Service, which is run by UK-wide charity the Stroke Association, will now offer more intensive care over a longer period for patients.

The service will focus on helping stroke survivors return to their job or do voluntary work and learn new hobbies and skills to overcome the trauma of a stroke.

It was launched last month at Wakefield’s Trinity Walk shopping centre, where free blood pressure tests were on offer.

The city’s deputy mayor and mayoress, Brian and Janet Holmes, and the Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust team had their blood pressures taken to support the launch.

And the stroke team handed out information to raise awareness of the symptoms, causes and risks of stroke and referred people with high blood pressure to their GPs.

The Stroke Association’s Alison Smith, who helps run the Wakefield service, said: “Although it’s one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of adult disability, far too many people don’t understand stroke or ever think it’ll happen to them.

“With our newly re-modelled service we will be able to support stroke survivors, their families and carers with their recovery and help them become more involved in their community.

“Our aim is to prevent stroke and to support people whose lives have been affected by stroke. I’m delighted this service can continue to make a difference.”

Staff at the Stroke Support Service, which is commissioned by NHS Wakefield District, make home visits and help survivors set personal goals for recovery. To find out more about the service call 01924 375600.