The Stroke Nurse Specialist carries out a holistic assessment for people who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke). Each person’s physical, psychological, emotional and social needs are determined.
Where will I see the Stroke Nurse Specialist?
Depending on a person’s abilities and their diagnosis, visits are made to people in their own home (including residential and nursing home accommodation) and also in clinic settings (either in Day Hospital, South Tyrone Hospital/Mullinure Health and Wellbeing Centre).
What can I expect from the Stroke Nurse Specialist?
The Stroke Nurse Specialist will provide written information on what stroke is, the type of stroke which an individual suffered and how it occurs. Each individual’s stroke risk factors are identified. Specialist information, advice and support are given to help reduce secondary stroke risk, including the setting of goals and assisting with achieving blood pressure, cholesterol and weight targets.
Specialist advice and information to explain stroke consequences and how best to cope with and manage these and any other issues related to stroke such as flying, sexual relations, and driving is given. Onward referrals to other health care professionals and voluntary agencies are made where appropriate and with the consent of the individual.
How often will the Stroke Nurse Specialist continue to see me?
During the initial visit, the Stroke Nurse Specialist contact details are shared with people with stroke and their families. After the initial visit each person is reviewed at three months and again at six months. In between these visits individuals will be seen depending on need.
What if someone has had a transient ischaemic attack or mini stroke?
Those people with transient ischaemic attack who have attended the Neurovascular Assessment Clinic at Craigavon Area Hospital are seen and offered follow up advice by the Stroke Nurse Specialist on prescribed medication, risk factor management and any issues related to transient ischaemic attack such as driving and flying.
What does the Stroke Nurse Specialist offer to family carers?
Stroke is a devastating illness with life changing consequences for stroke survivors and also their families. The Stroke Nurse Specialist provides advice and support for all family members through one to one counselling, telephone advice and also through Stroke Carers’ Groups. Individual screening of stroke risk factors, advice and appropriate onward referral (with consent) is offered to family carers.
How can I contact the Stroke Nurse Specialist?
The Stroke Nurse Specialist can be contacted from Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-1.15pm at
Locations where this service is delivered
Mullinure Health and Wellbeing Centre
Armagh BT61 7NQ