Over 4,000 people with chest, heart and stroke illnesses and their families and carers were supported by Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke in 2015–16.
NICHS Stroke Family Support had 1,567 new referrals, which is over half of all stroke survivors in Northern Ireland, and made 2,721 home visits.
NICHS helped 550 people across Northern Ireland through its 28 Stroke Activity Groups.
277 people benefited from NICHS’s 20 Respiratory Schemes.
There were 399 referrals to PREP (Post Rehab Exercise Programme) which ran in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust for the whole year and was introduced to the Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trusts at the start of 2015, and the Northern Trust at the start of 2016.
134 people took part in 10 “Taking Control” Self Management Programmes.
We are currently funding 11 research projects in Queen’s University Belfast and 8 research projects in the University of Ulster – 11 cardiac, 2 stroke and 6 respiratory projects.
We delivered 1,578 health checks to 23 businesses and 16 community organisations and gave 124 health talks in the community.
1,675 blood pressure measurements were taken at the Balmoral Show and other events.
We reached 2,084 pupils by delivering health talks to 6 primary and 4 secondaryschools, and 3 youth clubs. 44 primary schools received our 3 week Chester’s Challenge Programme.
We delivered our Health & Homeless Programme in 36 hostels through 127 visits benefiting 858 people, with 22 health checks for 93 people who are homeless and 47 referrals to GP.