We provide rapid assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people with stroke, and provide support to their families.
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.
Our dedicated stroke units provide acute care and rehabilitation in one place with highly skilled specialist teams of nurses, doctors and therapists.
We are also able to support some patients who we feel would benefit from going home early with a unique discharge service. This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
It may help to get together with others to share experiences, ways of coping and learn about services in your own area, so we hold events where patients and carers get together across North Tyneside and Northumberland.
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
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
Pegswood Community Project
Tel: 0844 800 7354