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Thousands of people are missing out on the best chance to rebuild their lives following a diagnosis of chest, heart or stroke conditions. Sign our petition calling for the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman MSP, to establish a universal and equal Right to Rehab to make sure that everyone in Scotland has the best chance of recovery
Our One in Five report reveals that people are struggling with their mental health, unable to get consistent access to rehabilitation programmes and even having to pay for services to help their recovery. We can't live with that.
Rehabilitation helps people live life to full. We believe that everyone should have a universal and equal Right to Rehab. But to make this happen we need your help.
Support our campaign calling for the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman MSP, to establish a universal and equal Right to Rehab to make sure that everyone in Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions has the best chance of recovery.
We're calling for the Scottish Government to commit to supporting a package of measures that would deliver a universal and equal ‘Right to Rehab’ to help people live life to the full.
This would include:
Ruth Ironside from Stonehaven had a stroke age 49. She knows the value of having the support of a Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland stroke nurse and how vital this was to her recovery.
"My stroke nurse was fabulous. She held my hand through so many ups and downs since my stroke. It has been wonderful to have someone to answer my questions and also the questions that my husband and children had.
She definitely helped me rebuild my life after stroke and without her and her team, I certainly wouldn't be where I am today.
She has been there for me so many times in the past and I know she’ll be there again in the future."
Ian Baxter, from Forfar, is living with COPD. Ian runs the Forfar Airways, a Peer Support Group, supported by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The group links closely with local NHS rehabilitation services to support people in managing their condition. He knows first-hand the benefits that pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity can have on your physical and mental health.
"There is no doubt that pulmonary rehabilitation helped to turn my life around. It allowed me to be much more in control of my COPD and my life. I’m passionate about physical activity as I know it really helps my COPD. We have over 30 people attending the Forfar Airways each week taking part in physical activity and enjoying the social side. We have a great time together and support each other through good and bad times."