Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Stroke Support

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We have an established network of stroke services across Northern Ireland for those who have suffered a stroke or a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).

Staffed by NICHS Stroke Co–ordinators in your local area, our aim is to assist people and their families with information, activities and education to better understand the effects of stroke and to make the best of life after stroke.

 

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Click on the links below to find out more about how we can support you and your family:

Stroke Family Support –  Our Stroke Family Support Co-ordinator acts as a link between hospital and home to provide assistance and guidance to stroke survivors and their families and carers.

Stroke Support Groups – Our stroke activity groups offer stroke survivors the opportunity to participate in activities that build confidence and increase independence, through discussion and activities.

Young Stroke Groups – This service has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the younger stroke client.

Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP) – This physio-led, community based course helps rebuild people’s lives and confidence following a stroke through exercise and education.

“Taking Control” Self Management – This programme provides education and training for people with long term health conditions to help improve their quality of life.

Stroke Family Support

The Stroke Family Support Service provides assistance and guidance to families in coping with life after stroke. We have Stroke Family Support Co–ordinators across all of Northern Ireland who work alongside the stroke teams within the hospital and community to complement the work they do and provide a link between hospital and home.

We understand that stroke affects the whole family, not just the individual. We also understand that stroke is a journey and Stroke Family Support’s role is to be there for the stroke survivor, their carer and their family as they make that journey, listening, understanding, advising and supporting.

Listening

•  We are patient and take time to allow you to talk about how stroke is affecting you

•  We will visit at home or in hospital, or you can speak to us by phone

•  We listen carefully to identify your individual needs as a stroke survivor or carer

Understanding

•  We have met many people like you

•  We are empathetic and can put ourselves in your shoes

•  We treat you as adults and never belittle you

Advising

•  We have written information packs about stroke

•  We offer advice on how to cope with stroke

•  We give advice on preventing another stroke

Supporting

•  We offer physical, emotional, social and practical support

•  We provide support to the stroke survivor, their carer and their family

•  We are here whenever you need us, for as long as you need us

WHO’S ELIGIBLE?

•   Any carer or family member of a stroke survivor

•  Any stroke survivor

If you would like to find out  about someone who has benefited greatly from our Stroke Family Support services, please click on one of the names below:

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Eric

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Tracey

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Raymond

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Jacinta

 

Contact a NICHS Stroke Family Support Co–ordinator in your area:

BELFAST TRUST

Belfast South / East Shirley Brown 07909116630
sbrown@nichs.org.uk
Belfast North/ West Julie McCullins 07714844213
jmccullins@nichs.org.uk

NORTHERN TRUST

Ballymena  Yvonne Monteith 0791 204 6173
Ymonteith@nichs.org.uk 
Coleraine  Tom McElhinney 0758 1205 994
tmcelhinney@nichs.org.uk 
Cookstown Carol Henderson 0784 1102 520
chenderson@nichs.org.uk
Antrim, Carrick, Larne Gail Gibson 0779 397 9869
ggibson@nichs.org.uk
Magherafelt Carol Henderson 078 41102 520
chenderson@nichs.org.uk

SOUTH EASTERN TRUST

Down
Isobel Hyde 07764211535
ihyde@nichs.org.uk
Lisburn
Isobel Hyde 07764211535
ihyde@nichs.org.uk
North Down/ Ards
Maureen Boyle 07714844210
mboyle@nichs.org.uk

SOUTHERN TRUST

Armagh Beth Vance 0781 316 0376
bvance@nichs.org.uk
Craigavon / Banbridge
Lynn McIlroy 0798 9573 173
lmcilroy@nichs.org.uk
Dungannon
Beth Vance 0781 316 0376
bvance@nichs.org.uk
Newry/ Mourne Julie McGinnis 0791 2046 174
jmcginnis@nichs.org.uk

WESTERN TRUST

Fermanagh

Norma Ferguson 0779 397 9870

Nferguson@nichs.org.uk

Foyle  Ash Dennard 0743 6034 587
adennard@nichs.org.uk
Omagh 

Ann Gallen 0784 127 8845

Agallen@nichs.org.uk

Rouskey  Linzi Davidson 0791 702 8948
ldavidson@nichs.org.uk

 
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Stroke Support Groups

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Stroke Activity Groups operate across Northern Ireland. We offer stroke survivors the opportunity to participate in activities that build confidence and increase independence.

Stroke Activity Groups offer:

• Therapeutic activities
• Information and advice on the effects of stroke
• Secondary prevention and health education
• Peer support
• Practical and emotional support to achieve all the goals you have set for yourself
• Signposting to a wide variety of advice and support services

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For more information about Stroke Activity Groups in your area, please contact the relevant co-ordinator:

BELFAST TRUST

Belfast South/East Thursdays 10am–12pm Belvoir Activity Centre, 100 Belvoir Drive, Belfast, BT8 7DT Nacola King 0750 004 1227
nking@nichs.org.uk
Belfast North/West Fridays 10am–12.30pm Olympia Community Centre, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6NA Nacola King 0750 004 1227
nking@nichs.org.uk

NORTHERN TRUST

Ballymena and Antrim Thursdays 10.30am–12.30pm Tullygarley Community Centre, Ballymena. Yvonne Monteith 0791 204 6173
ymonteith@nichs.org.uk
Carrickfergus and Larne Tuesdays 1030am–12.30pm Amphitheatre, Carrickfergus Leisure Centre, Carrickfergus, BT38 7HP

Gail Gibson 0779 397 9869

Ggibson@nichs.org.uk

Causeway Tuesdays 10am–12pm Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Rd, Coleraine, BT52 1WW Tom McElhinney 0758 1205 994
tmcelhinney@nichs.org.uk
Cookstown Thursdays 10am–12pm Cookstown Leisure Centre, Fountain Road, Cookstown, BT80 8PG Carol Henderson 0784 110 2520
chenderson@nichs.org.uk

SOUTH EASTERN TRUST

Bangor Tuesdays 10am–12pm Skipperstone Community Centre, 44 Skipperstone Rd, Bangor, BT20 4EU Ursula Digney 07967658355
udigney@nichs.org.uk
Downpatrick Wednesdays 10am–12pm Quoile Fold, Market Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6TS. Nacola King 0750 004 1227
nking@nichs.org.uk
Lisburn Thursdays 10am–12pm Trinity Community Venue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn, BT28 2GU Suzanne Montgomery 078 9686 6386
smontgomery@nichs.org.uk
Newtownards* 2nd & 4th Monday in month (not bank holidays) Community Hall, Mill Street, Newtownards Stephen O’Brien 0758 120 5995
sobrien@nichs.org.uk

*This is a generic group, which is a combined respiratory, stroke and heart group.

SOUTHERN TRUST

Armagh Tuesdays 10am–12.30pm Cathedral Rd Complex, 20 Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX. Beth Vance 0781 316 0376
bvance@nichs.org.uk
Bessbrook Fridays 9.30am–12.30pm Bessbrook Community Centre, Mill Road, Bessbrook, BT35 8HG Nacola King 0750 004 1227
nking@nichs.org.uk
Craigavon Fridays 10.30am–12.30pm Lawrencestown Community Centre, Drumnascamph Road, Lawrencetown, Craigavon, BT63 6DU Lynn McIlroy 0798 957 3173
lmcilroy@nichs.org.uk
Dungannon Fridays 10am–12.30pm Ballysaggart Business Complex, 2 Beechbally Way, Dungannon, BT70 1BS Noelene Hughes 0776 421 1536
nhughes@nichs.org.uk
Kilkeel* Wednesdays 11am–1pm Seaview House, Harbour Road, Kilkeel Julie McGinnis 0791 204 6174
jmcginnis@nichs.org.uk

*This is a generic group, which is a combined respiratory, stroke and heart group.

WESTERN TRUST

Enniskillen Wednesdays 10am–12pm St John’s Ambulance, Old Tempo Road, Enniskillen. Linzi Davidson 0791 702 8948
ldavidson@nichs.org.uk
Foyle Central Thursdays 10am–12pm Lavery Fold, Asylum Rd, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7DL Mona Duddy 0789 685 8586
mduddy@nichs.org.uk
Foyle West – Brandywell* Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm Old Library Trust, Central Drive, Creggan, Derry, BT48 9QG Rita Heaney 0770 652 1536
rheaney@nichs.org.uk
Limavady Tuesdays 1.30–3.30pm Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Main Street, Limavady, BT49 0FJ Mona Duddy 0789 685 8586
mduddy@nichs.org.uk
Omagh Tuesdays 10am–12pm Methodist Church Hall,17 James Street, Omagh, BT78 1QX. Norma Ferguson 0779 397 9870
nferguson@nichs.org.uk 

*This is a generic group, which is a combined respiratory, stroke and heart group.

In addition to the NICHS Stroke Support Services, there are also the following stroke groups which are affiliated to NICHS.

Newtownards

 

2nd & 4th Monday in month (not bank holidays)

7pm-9pm

Community Centre Hall (Manor Court), Mill St. Newtownards, BT23 4LY
Carrickfergus

 

1st Wed. In month

7:30pm-9pm

Northlands Court Fold, Northland Road, Carrickfergus, BT36 5AS
Newtownabbey

 

1st Wed. in month

8pm-10pm.

St. Bridget’s Fold, BallyClare Road, Glengormley, BT36 5AS
Newry

 

1st & 3rd Thursday in month

7:30pm-9:30pm

Orchard Day Centre, Drumalane Road, Newry, BT35 8AP

Young Stroke Support Groups

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 The Young Stroke Activity Groups have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the younger stroke survivor. The service aims to provide specialised, community based support to improve the recovery of younger survivors of stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), such as:

• Programmes to enhance recovery
• Therapeutic activities
• Physical Activity
• Information and advice on the effects of stroke
• Stroke prevention and health education
• Employment related information and vocational rehabilitation
• Education in self management and life after stroke
• Contact with other young people who have had a stroke
• Signposting to a wide variety of advice and support services

For more information about Stroke Activity Groups in your area, please contact the relevant co-ordinator:

BELFAST TRUST

Belfast Alternative Fridays 12–1:30pm St. Bride’s Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6FP Seonaid Murray 0782 444 9727
smurray@nichs.org.uk
Belfast (Horse Riding) Wednesdays 10.30am–12.30pm RDA, The Burn Equestrian Centre, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8BH Seonaid Murray 0782 444 9727
smurray@nichs.org.uk

SOUTH EASTERN TRUST

Bangor

 

Alternative Thursdays 12.30–2.15pm Alderman George Green Community Centre, 1 Rathgill Parade, Bangor, BT19 7TZ Seonaid Murray 0782 444 9727smurray@nichs.org.uk

SOUTHERN TRUST

Armagh
Alternative Thursdays 10am–12.30pm Cathedral Rd Complex, 20 Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX. Beth Vance 0781 316 0376
bvance@nichs.org.uk
Craigavon and Banbridge Tuesdays 11am–1pm Lawrencestown Community Centre, Drumnascamph Road, Lawrencetown, Craigavon, BT63 6DU Lynn McIlroy 0798 957 3173
lmcilroy@nichs.org.uk

WESTERN TRUST

Enniskillen (Gym)  Thursdays 1.30–3pm PUSH Gym, 70 Forthill Street, Enniskillen, BT74 6FB Norma Ferguson 0779 397 9870
nferguson@nichs.org.uk 
Omagh (Gym) Thursdays 10.30–11.30am Omagh Leisure Centre, Old Mountfield Road, Omagh, BT79 7EG Linzi Davidson 0791 702 8948
ldavidson@nichs.org.uk
Enniskillen  Thursdays 11-12pm Lakeland Forum,  Broadmeadow, Enniskillen, BT74 7EF Norma Ferguson 0779 397 9870
nferguson@nichs.org.uk

 

 

Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP)

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The Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP) is a physio led, community based course which helps rebuild people’s lives and confidence following a stroke through exercise and education.

The programme was developed with stroke teams in the Southern Trust and is aimed at individuals who have completed their statutory rehabilitation. It will be rolled out across the rest of Northern Ireland during 2015.

In this video some of the healthcare professionals, with whom NICHS developed the programme, and some of the participants talk about their experience of it.

Over a period of 6 weeks, participants are shown how to incorporate exercise safely into their care plans and every day routines, as well as having an opportunity to learn about a particular aspect of living with stroke.

Each week, participants complete a specially developed exercise programme aimed at continued rehabilitation. The education and discussion topics include:

–          understanding your stroke

–          emotions after stroke

–          managing fatigue

–          food for life, smoking and alcohol

–          getting out and about; finances

–          healthcare and your own role in your care

NICHS’s evaluation of the PREP programme shows that participants benefit physically, emotionally and socially. Their self belief improves, they report having a greater quality of life and they benefit from having a structured care pathway and continued support and advice

NICHS now plan to roll the programme out across Northern Ireland. If you would like to know more about this programme, please contact us on 028 9032 0184 or prep@nichs.org.uk.