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Stroke Nurse and Therapist Service

The CHSS Stroke Nurse & Therapist Service works in partnership with the NHS in several areas of Scotland.

There are CHSS stroke nurses in:

  • NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Grampian
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Lothian

Who is the Stroke Nurse or Therapist?

  • An experienced Registered Nurse or Occupational Therapist who supports someone who has had a new stroke (and their carers and families) following discharge from hospital.
  • The Stroke Nurse or Therapist works with other statutory and voluntary agencies when necessary and will refer to specialist services as needed.

What does the Stroke Nurse & Therapist do?

The Nurses work together with patients and their families to provide:

  • care that is tailored to the needs and goals of each individual
  • advice and information to help people adjust to life after stroke including making necessary changes to their lifestyle and help to reduce the risk of further strokes and other long-term conditions
  • practical, emotional and social support
  • support with financial issues
  • help to either return to work or volunteering
  • support to resume hobbies and interests and prevent social isolation, loneliness and depression
  • support to self-manage their condition

In NHS Lanarkshire, our Stroke Specialist Practitioner is an occupational therapist whose main focus is on helping people return to work and employment and self-management.

“My CHSS nurse has seen me through, what has been quite a difficult and traumatic time, and with the help of his support I am now not only physically fit but also able to cope mentally with what lies ahead.”

After her first visit I felt so much better informed and felt I now understood what had happened to me. I was very anxious but she was so professional, calm and reassuring that I felt more calm and confident. She was very helpful as I planned my return to work. I felt I learned more from her than anyone else. An excellent service for stroke patients.”

“I was very worried about the problems I was having and the Stroke Nurse was very reassuring. She explained everything in a way that I could understand and she understood how I was feeling. It was scary going home.

“She spoke us through the various stages as they appeared and made us aware of situations unknown or even thought about, she also gave us the most important thing of all – HOPE – when we most needed it, and time has proved her right. We now see a future living with a stroke.”

Further information

For more information about the stroke nurse service please email stroke_nurses@chss.org.uk.