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Voluntary care

3) Stroke Nurses

A stroke nurse working with a patient and carer in their home

The Stroke Nurses work within the NHS and sometimes in the community as part of an outreach service. The Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Stroke Nurses are one example of the voluntary or charitable sector working in partnership with NHS health care. CHSS Stroke Nurses have service agreements with some NHS health boards to provide and compliment the existing local services. The nurses are all specialists in stroke care and the services are delivered in accordance with SIGN guidelines (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network), NHS Health Improvement Standards (HIS) and local protocols.

Stroke nurses will often meet the person just before they leave hospital and arrange to meet at home after discharge to offer individualised advice and support to both the patient and carer. For example they have knowledge of services available in your area. They will give you their number so you can contact them if you have any concerns for up to a year after discharge. For more information see the link below.

CHSS Stroke nurse service leaflet [.pdf]

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