Having a stroke can dramatically change life for the survivor and their families. Knowing that there are recovery and support groups in place to ease this time can be really comforting. This article will look at what is available across Buckinghamshire along with contact details you need to get started.
The council can also provide social care support to stroke survivors, providing they have had a care needs assessment. For more information please see how to book a care needs assessment in Buckinghamshire.
Another thing to consider if you are worried about a stroke happening again is purchasing a personal alarm. You may be interested in reading our article on 5 reasons for having a personal alarm.
Buckinghamshire Stroke Support Services
Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust Stroke Team
Up to 6 months post stroke
Support within the first 6 months is provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust Stroke Team. Following admission to the hospital, the specialist team will help to aid recovery and recuperation. Their aim is to get a patient back to their normal lives and home, living independently if possible. A healthcare professional will refer your relative to the Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust stroke team. The team can also be contacted on 01494 426307.
For more information regarding the service please see the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust Stroke Patient Portfolio.
Bucks Stroke Support Service
6-12 months post stroke
The Bucks Stroke Support service is set up to provide practical advice, information and emotional support following a stroke. The service is provided by the Stroke Association – the largest charity in the UK supporting those affected by a stroke.
Co-ordinated support is provided for an individual’s stroke journey through different means. This includes home visits, regular telephone calls and help with returning to routine. A 12 month review establishes if there are any health, medical or social needs that are still unmet by the end of the service. To access the Bucks Stroke Support Service, one has to be registered with a Buckinghamshire GP.
Telephone: 07739 746086 (Kathryn Coulston)
Stroke Support Groups in Buckinghamshire
Amersham Stroke Support Group
The main aim of the Amersham Stroke Support Group is to help local people adapt to life after a stroke. Through peer support, members improve confidence and gain independence. Members enjoy social activities such as games and talks given by guest speakers.
Where? St. Johns Methodist Church, 60 Woodside Road, Amersham, HP6 6AN
When? Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Telephone: 07702 492597 (Sarah Ives)
The Chiltern Stroke Club
A friendly and supportive, voluntarily run, self-help group for all stroke survivors and their families in the area. The club places strong emphasis on exercise and making positive progress through activities.
Carers are also welcome and invited to access support through participation in meals, outings, games and holidays.
Where? Holy Trinity Church, Amersham Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, HP15 7PZ
When? Tuesdays, 2pm – 4pm
Telephone: 01494 728537 (Adele Grass)
Holmer Green Stroke Club
Holmer Green Stroke Support welcomes membership from people whose communication has been affected by stroke, in the local area. The group provides information and peer support to survivors and carers. Recreational and social activities are on offer. This includes games, baking, music, conversation, communication support, exercise sessions and talks.
Where? Christ Church, Featherbed Lane, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, HP15 6XQ
When? Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon
Telephone: 01494 812162 (Mary Coker)
Milton Keynes Talk Back Club
The Milton Keynes Talk Back Club is a stroke club that welcomes those affected by a stroke in the Milton Keynes area. Information and peer support is provided alongside activities, games and outings.
Where? Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes, MK6 3EB
When? Fridays, 9.30am – 12pm
Telephone: 01908 672615 (Gill Norris)
Pheonix Stroke Club, Marlow
Run by Marlow Age Concern, Marlow Stroke Club welcomes membership from local people affected by a stroke. The groups provides a space for social interaction where members can play games, enjoy refreshments and do group physiotherapy.
Where? Marlow Age Concern, 38 Glade Road, Marlow, SL7 1DH
When? Mondays, 2pm – 4pm
Telephone: 01628 482883 (Angela Churchill)
Totteridge Stroke Support Group
Totteridge Stroke Support Group welcomes membership from people affected by aphasia, who struggle to communicate vocally, after stroke in the South Bucks area. The group provides information, peer support and group activities.
Where? Totteridge Community Centre, Totteridge Drive, High Wycombe, HP13 6UG
When? Mondays, 11am – 1pm (communication support); 1pm – 3pm (general support)
Telephone: 01494 734415 (Alison Rimmer)