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John Wilson, Chief Executive of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland has challenged Scottish politicians to do more for Stoke in advance of a Scottish Parliament debate on stroke care, scheduled for 5pm on Wednesday 21st June. The debate, on a motion put forward by Alexander Stewart, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, will highlight the number of people affected by stroke in Scotland and the variable aftercare and support available.
John Wilson, Interim CEO at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland said “Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland welcomes the spotlight that MSPs are tomorrow putting on the devastating effect that stroke has on people and their families across Scotland.
With the positive stories we all hear about improving survival rates from stroke, there is a danger that people think that the ‘job’s done’. But the reality is that because of the advances in medical science more people than ever, of all ages and from all walks of life, are living with the physical and mental impact of a stroke. That’s why Scotland’s politicians must do more for stroke survivors. The picture across health boards for funding services like ours is increasingly challenging and we can’t reach all the people we want to.
The NHS does a fantastic job of stopping people dying of a stroke. But we need to do more than stop people dying – people need help to take back their lives after what can be devastating medical event. That’s where Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland comes in – we are here to provide whatever support people need so people can reach their goals for rehabilitation and recovery. They might need help being able to return to work, or to develop their confidence to be able to even leave the house. We are here too for the families and carers of people after a stroke, whose lives too are often changed forever.
We need Scotland’s politicians to highlight the importance of long-term support for stroke survivors, and campaign with us for better resources.”
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland welcomes this spotlight being put on a devastating condition which affects some 14,000 people every year in Scotland. Through advances in medical care many more people are surviving what in previous generations would be a fatal ‘stroke from God’. But that means that many more people are living with the long-term effects of having a stroke, and we know that those numbers will only continue to increase. The most recent figures available show there are 124,000 people currently living in Scotland who have had a stroke.
Stroke impacts people’s physical and mental health, leaving people at risk of anxiety, depression, social isolation and loneliness. It is the biggest cause of disability, some of which can be ‘hidden’ - about a third of people who survive a stroke are left with the communication difficulties caused by aphasia. Aphasia occurs when the communication areas of the brain are damaged by a stroke, and it can affect a person’s ability to speak, understand, read, write and use numbers, but everyone is affected differently. Everyday activities we take for granted suddenly become a source of frustration and anxiety.
The long-term support that people need in order to regain their lives cannot be provided by an NHS which is already stretched to the limit. Once people return home from hospital they can often feel ‘abandoned’ by the system, with very little dedicated support. Charities like Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are vital in meeting that need, and in reaching people across communities. The impact of the life-changing effects of stroke cannot be underestimated and without our ongoing support people are more likely to be readmitted to hospital and visit their GP more frequently.
About Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Media enquiries: Katy Aitken, Senior Press Officer
Tel: 0131 225 6963
Date: 20th June 2017
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, 3rd Floor, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ