Over 1000 people suffer a stroke in Suffolk per year, which has led to a vast improvement in the NHS services over the past decade. There is now a dedicated free NHS rehabilitation program for people in the first 6 weeks after having a stroke and great stroke support services across Suffolk. It’s working. Suffolk now has the lowest level of premature stroke mortality compared to similar areas in the country.
All Suffolk CCGs work together to provide this care, which we’ve detailed for you below.
Suffolk Stroke Support Services
Suffolk Stroke ESD Service
The Stroke Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service is provided by the NHS and aims to aid rehabilitation of stroke patients in their own homes, to allow those who have had an acute stroke to get home and recover quickly. Their teams operate across Suffolk and include healthcare professionals from experienced therapists to rehabilitation assistants. The rehabilitation service works over the course of 6 weeks and then advises on the best course of action going forward. Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals will refer eligible patients and the first consultation will take place on the ward. You can read a full guide here.
Stroke Association Communication Support
This service works with anyone who has had a stroke and is living with communication difficulties such as aphasia. Sessions can take place in a group or one-to-one setting depending on a needs assessment following referral. It allows those living with the effects of stroke to practice communication again and access information, advice, and emotional support. Get in touch to find out about availability in your area.
Telephone: 01284 848611
Visit The Stroke Association Website
Integrated Community Neurology Team – Waveney
Only based in Waveney extending into Norfolk, the ICN team is an NHS service that provides support and advice to those diagnosed with a neurological condition like stroke, their carers, and their family. This service can be provided in the clinic or at home if it is more suitable. Referrals can only be made through a GP or health professional. Find out more online or call.
Telephone: 01493 809997
Visit The Integrated Community Neurology Team Website
Stroke Support Groups in Suffolk
Living with the effects of a stroke can be very difficult. A lot of people find it beneficial to meet with people dealing with similar problems and talk about their own experiences over a cup of tea, while doing a fun activity, or practicing mobility.
Stroke Association Search Feature
The national charity Stoke Association has a great website that can help you find Stroke Support Groups in the area that works for your family member who has had a stroke. Just follow this link and search using your postcode.
Music In Our Bones – Heart Song
One group that doesn’t exist in the Stroke Association directory is Music In Our Bone’s Stroke-specific group, Heart Song.
Available in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and Lowestoft, Heart Song is a singing group for those with long term physical conditions, such as stroke, and their family and friends. The group meets once a month on a Friday afternoon and changes depending on area so you should visit the Music in Our Bones Website to find out more about Heart Song’s dates and venues. The first sessions are free and then £3-5 thereafter.
Check out our interview with Music in Our Bones founder, Tracy Sharp!