Our multi award-winning stroke service provides care for people with stroke and their families across North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Care delivered by a specialist team is the single biggest factor that can improve recovery after stroke and our service is recognised nationally for the work we do with patients to reduce the long term effects of stroke. We have dedicated stroke units which provide acute care and rehabilitation in one place with highly skilled specialist teams of nurses, doctors and therapists.
The faster you reach hospital to identify and diagnose a stroke, the better your chances of a fuller recovery. Early assessment and treatment by stroke specialist teams can limit further damage to the brain and help the recovery process.
We provide rapid assessment, treatment and rehabilitation at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals and rehabilitation is also provided at Alnwick and Berwick infirmaries.
In Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals we are also able to support patients who we feel would benefit from going home early with a unique discharge service which involves providing patients with intensive support and rehabilitation, seven-days-a-week, in their own homes. It has halved the length of time patients need to stay in hospital.
Procedures, such as x-rays, CT and MRI scans, ECGs and blood tests, are used to make sure that the right emergency treatment is given.
In the first few days after a stroke, care focuses on assessment and preventing complications. Once you are stable, the stroke team will work with you on a rehabilitation programme to help you overcome or learn to cope with any damage the stroke has caused to help you regain as much independence as possible. The priority is for you to leave hospital as soon as you are fit enough.
Before you leave hospital a discharge plan will be agreed with you so you know what services and support you will receive, when you will receive them and who will be coming to see you. Local community rehabilitation teams will support you once you leave hospital.
Follow up care
Your GP is the first point of contact for any medical problems after you leave hospital. They will be monitoring your ongoing health and seeing you for regular checks on your blood pressure, cholesterol and any other risk factors you have, with the aim of trying to reduce your risk of further stroke.
After discharge from hospital, you will be seen by your GP, a practice nurse or district nurse and reviewed in a stroke review clinic at six weeks and six months after your stroke. Annual assessments and reviews will be arranged by your GP.
Information and support
The stroke information and support service provides a single point of access to information and support for as long as you need it. Information and support can also be provided in various care settings including the voluntary sector, social services and health services.
In hospital you will be given a handbook called Living with Stroke which contains information about stroke, setting individual goals and contacts which you and your family may find useful.
Our stroke wards at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals have leaflets about stroke and local services and may offer ward- based education sessions where you can find out more about stroke, recovery and help after you leave hospital.
Patient support groups
Self-help stroke groups are held in different locations across North Tyneside and Northumberland. For further information about the groups contact the stroke information service on 0191 296 4167.
We also hold events where patients and carers get together to share experiences, ways of coping and learn about services that can help them in their own area. The events are held across North Tyneside and Northumberland and we will publish any upcoming events here.
The involvement of patients and carers is essential to ensuring that we continue to provide a service that meets the needs of the people who use it.
We welcome feedback on your experience of the services you have received following stroke and are keen to work with you to get a better understanding of what really matters and is important to you.
If you would like to help us shape services for patients and carers living with stroke, or would like further information on the ways you can become involved with our service, please contact the service on 0191 296 4167.
Support for carers
Carers can help someone a great deal in their recovery from stroke but it is very important when you are caring for someone else that you do not forget about your own health and wellbeing.
You can have a carers needs assessment which is a discussion with the care manager/social worker. This gives you the opportunity to talk about how your caring role affects you in your day to day life and to help you think about the things that could make caring easier for you.
Contact your local carers centre for help and support at:
North Tyneside Carers’ Centre
Third Floor, YMCA Building
Church Way, North Shields
Tel: 0191 200 1111 or 0191 643 2298
Fax: 0191 200 1112
Pegswood Community Project,
Tel: 0844 800 7354
In an emergency call 999.
You can contact our stroke service on 0191 2934326/ mobile 07787 576 562 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout your care you may be seen by nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, a stroke information co-ordinator, speech and language therapists and rehabilitation workers.