Stroke Awareness month

Statistics show that every three and a half minutes somebody in the UK will have a stroke. While many people survive, half of all stroke survivors will be left with a disability.

Throughout May, as part of Stroke Awareness month, care organisations such as Holy Cross Hospital have been raising awareness about the services they provide for stroke survivors. The Hospital has earned itself a reputation for being a centre of excellence for its work in treating people with disabilities and long-term conditions, which can also be caused by some form of stroke.

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut-off. This can be caused by an injury or a medical condition. Without a regular blood supply, brain cells can be damaged leading to varying degrees of disability. Holy Cross Hospital provides specialist care to forty patients with severe disabilities caused by brain injury. Each person is treated as an individual and is cared for in a homely environment.

The outpatients’ team serve the local community with their specialised programmes of care. The physiotherapists assess each patient and design a programme of exercises and routines aimed at improving muscular strength, mobility, core stability and balance. The exercises can take place in the gym, the hydrotherapy pool or at home.

Christopher Hinton, Chief Executive Officer at Holy Cross Hospital says: “A stroke can happen to anybody and when it does, it changes a person’s life. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced neuro physiotherapists. Each year, they help many people who live within a ten to fifteen-mile radius of Haslemere to regain independence after a stroke.”

Holy Cross Hospital has been a part of the community for nearly one hundred years and is pleased to provide a meeting space for the Haslemere Stroke Club. The Club meets weekly and provides stroke survivors with group physiotherapy, entertainment, companionship and support.

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