Stroke - useful information

NHS Choices

For full details about strokes please see NHS Choices > Stroke (www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/pages/introduction.aspx).

Royal College of Physicians

Care after stroke or transient ischaemic attack - information for patients and their carers: National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/stroke-guidelines).

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association provides a wide range of fact sheets and information booklets about stroke.

They also run a life after stroke grant system.

Telephone helpline: 0845 3033 100

Stroke Association website (www.stroke.org.uk)

Different Strokes

Support for younger stroke survivors

Different Strokes website (www.differentstrokes.co.uk)

Headway helpline

Provide support, advice and help survivors to relearn skills following brain injury.

Telephone helpline: 0808 800 2244
Email: helpline@headway.org.uk

Swindon and District local centre
Tel: 01793 436908

Citizens Advice Bureau

Can help with legal and financial advice.

Citizens Advice Bureau website (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/)

Tel: 08444 994114

Age UK

Information and advice for older people about benefits, care, age discrimination and computer courses.

Age UK website (www.ageuk.org.uk)

Swindon Directory of Information, Support and Advice (DISA)

A directory of information, support and advice on free-to-use service for everyone in Swindon and the surrounding area.

Swindon DISA website (www.swindondisa.co.uk).

Local support groups

  • Wiltshire Young Stroke
    Social events and monthly meetings aimed at younger stroke sufferers
    Tel: Bob Bizley, 01793 700259
  • Communication Support Groups
    Tel: Sue McCarthy, 01793 617846
  • Wroughton Social Stroke Group
    Tel: Mrs Mollie Newman, 01793 532402
  • Swindon Stroke Support Club
    Meet Thursday evenings
    Tel: Lin Hancock, 01793 529693

Lifestyle groups

  • Swindon Health Ambassadors
    Help with diet, exercise and stopping smoking.
    Contact: 07824 868437
  • Lifestyle: The Health Improvement Team
    Held at Broome Manor Health Club
    Various activities including for stroke gym sessions, walking group, etc
    Contact: 01793 864934
  • Highworth Stroke Exercise Group
    Exercise group for people with stroke
    Contact: 01793 762602
  • Marlborough Stroke Exercise Group
    Activity/gentle exercise
    Contact 01672 513161

Carer support

Organisations offering support, advice, and information for people who provide care:

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