For full details about strokes please see the NHS website: 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).
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)
Support for younger stroke survivors
Different Strokes website (www.differentstrokes.co.uk)
Provide support, advice and help survivors to relearn skills following brain injury.
Telephone helpline: 0808 800 2244
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 Bath & North East Somerset - Helping You Out of Hospital
If you are discharged from hospital in Wiltshire our Home Services Team can help. People find this service invaluable to getting themselves back on their feet again. This short-term support helps practically and emotionally to build your confidence and connect you to groups and services within your local community.
Call: 01225 466135
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 Carol Nichols, 01793 770144
- Swindon Stroke Support Club
Meet Thursday evenings
Tel: Lin Hancock, 01793 529693
- 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
Contact 01672 513161
Organisations offering support, advice, and information for people who provide care: