A stroke can be a terrifying and life-changing experience, both for the person who suffers it and for their carers and relatives. In Hertfordshire, there is a great deal of support available for individuals who have been affected by a stroke.
Stroke support can come in the form of help with meeting immediate physical needs, as well as emotional support, communication support, and making plans for minimising the risk of another stroke.
Stroke support services in Hertfordshire are divided geographically. In North and East Hertfordshire the NHS is responsible for stroke rehabilitation services, whereas in West Hertfordshire the Stroke Association provide a recovery service. On this page you can also read more about support groups, for both survivors and carers.
Hertfordshire Stroke Support Services
NHS Stroke Support (North and East Hertfordshire)
Early Supported Discharge Stroke Service
The Early Supported Stroke Discharge Service provides specialist stroke rehabilitation to residents of East and North Hertfordshire. The team support the discharge of patients from the Lister Hospital Stroke Unit, and provide support in patients’ own homes in order to meet their physical needs as they get their life back on track.
There is still plenty of support available to your relative once they are back at home. The NHS’s stroke team will guide you towards services that may be beneficial, including support with communication difficulties, and support groups.
Telephone: 01438 841891
Stroke Association (West Hertfordshire)
Hertfordshire Stroke Recovery Service
The Hertfordshire Stroke Recovery Service provides practical advice, emotional support and high-quality information for West Hertfordshire residents following a stroke. They work with stroke survivors, their carers and relative in order to form a personalised recovery plan, accounting for both physical and emotional needs.
This West Hertfordshire service serves people registered with GPs in the areas covered by the district and borough councils of Dacorum, St. Albans, Hertsmere, Watford, and Three Rivers.
Telephone: 07736 745199
West Herts Communication Support Service
The West Herts Communication Support Service works with people affected by stroke who are experiencing difficulties with communication. They run sessions that can help your relative to develop strategies and methods for communicating, as well as rebuilding their confidence in communication.
Telephone: 07717 275843
Headway is a charity operating in Hertfordshire that provides support to people affected by brain injuries, including strokes, as well as to their carers. The support they offer ranges from counselling sessions, to peer support groups, to exercises to improve memory. They also offer support for carers in the form of workshops, counselling, training sessions, support groups and respite.
Telephone: 0300 330 1455
Stroke Support Groups in Hertfordshire
Stroke support groups are a great opportunity for your relative to spend time with people who have experienced something similar to themselves. They are a safe and sociable environment in which to build their confidence, and receive helpful advice on how to rebuild their life after a stroke.
Stroke Association Support Groups
The Stroke Association runs a number of stroke support groups in Hertfordshire. These include both general support groups and groups that focus on speech and communication support. Below you can find the full list of the Stroke Association’s Hertfordshire support groups.
- Royston Speak Out Stroke Club
- Berkhamsted Tring Stroke Support Group
- Sarah’s Stroke & Communication Support Group
- Douglas Drive Speech Therapy Group
- Hertford Speakability Group
- Hitchin Stroke Group
- Cheshunt Aphasia Group
Headway Hertfordshire Peer Support Groups
Headway Hertfordshire organise and run peer support groups for Hertfordshire residents who have suffered a brain injury, such as a stroke, to spend time together. Your relative can make friendships and share experiences in a supportive and friendly environment, and carers are welcome to attend too.
There are 8 Headway peer support groups in Hertfordshire, in St Albans, Borehamwood, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Letchworth, Stevenage and Watford and Welwyn. The groups tend to meet fortnightly.
If you would like to get a referral for your relative then you can fill out this online form or contact the Headway Hertfordshire team using the details below.
Telephone: 07939 673 923