Community Stroke Nursing Service
The Community Stroke Service provides specialist care for Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or mini stroke patients, their families and carers.
The Community Stroke Nursing Service includes specialist clinical assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and management post stroke or TIA. After a Stroke or TIA you may spend some time in an Acute Hospital before returning to the Community Service for your care to continue.
Tel: 01209 318120
Community Stroke Service
Camborne Redruth Community Hospital
What does the Community Stroke Nursing Service provide?
The community stroke nursing service makes sure that all patients who have had a stroke or TIA (mini stroke) continue to have access to stroke assessment and appropriate care following their discharge home from hospital. They will monitor progress, provide follow up and risk assessment, recognise new symptoms related to stroke, refer patients that need to be assessed and continue to provide on-going advice and support in relation to stroke and TIA.
Your local specialist stroke nurse (Stroke Care Co-ordinator) will be informed when you are discharged from hospital and will contact you within one week to make an appointment with you. This appointment may take place at your home or in a local clinic depending on your personal needs. We will formally receive your care after six months.
What does the Stroke Care Coordinator (stroke nurse) do?
Your local Stroke Care Coordinator will be informed of your discharge from hospital and will contact you within one week. They will then arrange to see you, according to your clinical needs, either at home, or in a local clinic. You will also have a formal review after six months.
The Stroke Care Coordinator or Stroke Nurse will provide you with expert advice and support following your stroke or TIA. This will be based on a clinical and social assessment and an individualised care plan. Support will be provided in variety of ways including home visits, telephone calls, clinic appointments and lifestyle advice.
To promote and aid your recovery the Stroke Care Coordinator will work with your GP to prevent a further stroke or TIA. This could include reviewing your medication and discussing changes with your GP. They will also work with other healthcare professionals and other organisations which are supporting you to provide them with expert advice.
Our nurse will provide you with the skills to manage your condition. This will include advice on how to reduce your risk factors for stroke. They will be a lifelong resource for you, your family and carers. They can also advise you and your carers on how to access additional support from our statutory, charity and voluntary organisations. These organisations provide a range of services to help stroke survivors and their carers to live as active a life as possible and include:
- physical activity
- healthy eating and drinking
- emotional and mental wellbeing
- assistive technology
- vocational activity
- carer support workers
- befriending and hospital visiting service
- support and advice
- social clubs
- support for people with communication difficulties
- information and training for professionals
The main symptoms of a stroke of TIA can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
- Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all, despite appearing to be awake
- Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms
More information can be found at: NHS Choices ACT FAST