Strokes affect people in different ways and to different extents. No matter to what level a stroke has affected a loved one in your family, there are healthcare stroke services designed especially to help them get back on their feet and where possible, back to living a normal, independent life.
On this page we have identified all the NHS Stroke Support Services in Cambridgeshire, as well as the Stroke Support charities and groups that can help your family through the time following a stroke.
Cambridgeshire Stroke Support Services
Integrated Community Neuro Rehabilitation and Stroke Early Supported Discharge Service
The stroke early supported discharge (ESD) team see mild to moderate stroke survivors for intense rehabilitation at home for up to 6 weeks after they have left hospital.
These county-wide specialist neurological rehabilitation services are available to all patients/clients who are aged 18 years old and over who have a complex neurological condition. This may include people with neurological conditions that have a sudden onset such as stroke or acquired brain injury, as well as those that have chronic, long-term and progressive conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
They work as a multidisciplinary service with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation assistants, They also have some access to psychology support.
The neuro-rehabilitation teams work closely alongside the speech and language therapy teams. It now includes a new service which helps patients who are admitted to hospital following a mild stroke to recover more quickly.
The stroke early supported discharge (ESD) team helps those admitted to acute stroke units located at Addenbrookes Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, to be discharged sooner by providing by up to six weeks rehabilitation, either to their home or in a community ward.
Benefits of the services can include:
- Promoting independence and self management, enabling patients to live at home through the provision of a range of support and therapeutic services.
- Improve outcomes and experience for patients. Improving quality of life including support for returning to work.
- Creating access to better, more integrated care outside of hospital.
- Developing ways of coping with problems arising from their condition Enabling patients to understand their condition.
- Enabling patients to be discharged from hospital or avoid a hospital admission through the provision of support in the home setting.
- Providing specialist education and training to generalist therapy staff on neuro-rehabilitation.
Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team
Around 1 in 3 people have Aphasia or some other form of communication difficulties following a stroke. The Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team that runs from Cambridgeshire’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital helps adults who are struggling with speech, communication or swallowing following the effects of a stroke.
To enquire further, visit the Speech Therapy page of the NHS’ website, or get in contact with them on 01223 216200.
Stroke Association is a national charity supporting those affected by a stroke and their families. They run a number of different services which you can search for by postcode.
Stroke Recovery Service
The Stroke Recovery Service provides practical and emotional support, advice and high-quality stroke information. This service is accessible to people who have had a stroke, their family and carers. They can provide a personalised plan to address physical needs and to help rebuild a stroke survivor’s life back to normality.
Help can be provided in the form of home visits, regular phone calls, leaflets and fact sheets. The Stroke Recovery service also can give assistance with accessing local leisure, social activities, and self-management tools.
Visit the Stroke Association Website to find out more.
The Stroke Association Communication Support Service works with those who have had a stroke who also are having difficulties with communication like aphasia. Their support sessions can take place as a group or as a 1 to 1 session, with similar people, stroke support coordinators and trained volunteers.
This service offers an opportunity to practice communication skills while also being a place to find information, advice, emotional support and signposting to local stroke support services.
Find out more on the Stroke Association website.
Stroke Support Groups in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Stroke Support Groups can help to supplement the help you can’t get from other services. Support groups introduce you to people who are going through similar things as you, who might sometimes be further along their stroke recovery journey and be able to offer first hand advice.
Stroke Support groups can just be a simple coffee group, but often members do group activities or practise rehabilitative exercises.
Caring for someone with a stroke is challenging and can take a lot of energy. Age Space has a list of Carer Support Groups in Cambridgeshire than can help ease the experience.
Cambridge Stroke Group
The Cambridge Stroke Group was formed from the joint effort of Different Strokes and the Stroke Association. Run entirely by volunteers, this group holds drop-in meetings in a calm, informal and friendly environment. Stroke survivors, their families, carers and friends can talk about their experiences, share information and advice, aid each other’s recovery and promote independence. The group prides itself on providing social and emotional support.
These exercise groups help anyone struggling with their movement because of illness, whether it be Parkinson’s, MS, or indeed following a stroke. The benefits of the classes include peer support, rehabilitation, help with memory and cognitive skills, balance, resistance work, mobility maintenance and communication support. The classes are led by trained professionals and have the added benefit of providing a carer with 2 hours away from their care responsibilities, to take some time for themselves.
Your elderly relative might be referred to Pos+Ability through a health professional, but if they feel like they might benefit from the 2 hour classes, it is possible to self refer by using the contact details below.
There are four groups that meet across South and East Cambridgeshire:
- When? 11:30am - 1:30pm
- Where? Histon Recreation Ground, New Road, Histon, CB24 9LU
- When? 10:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 2:30pm
- Where? Soham Pavilion, Fountain Lane, Soham, CB7 5PL
- When? 10:00am - 12:00pm and 12:30pm - 2:30pm
- Where? Ely Community Centre (Larkfield), High Barns, Ely, CB7 4SB
- When? 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Where? Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, CB6 1EW