Every year an estimated 150,000 people in
the UK have a stroke. That is one person every five minutes. Most
people are over the age of 65 but anyone can have a stroke
including children. (Source: The Stroke Association)
Every year 10,000 people in the UK under the age of 55 have a
stroke (Source: Different Strokes)
Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. It is the
single most common cause of disability.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut
off. Stroke is sudden and the effects on the body are
Every stroke is different and people are affected in different
There are two main causes of stroke
Rehabilitation is a planned programme between the patient, family
and rehabilitation team members. Promoting health and well being
and achieving the best level of functional ability for the
Rehabilitation should not stop when the person is discharged from
hospital, and many stroke patients require ongoing rehabilitation
in order to maximise their functional abilities, minimise
complications and promote full participation at home and in the
Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team
The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT) is a crucial part
of the service provision..
The aims of the CSRT are to provide a multi-disciplinary service
for patients discharged from hospital (University Hospital
Hartlepool, City Hospitals Sunderland and the University Hospital
North Durham) with a diagnosis of a recent stroke who are
registered with a GP within the Easington District locality.
Referrals may also be made from other health professionals.
The rehabilitation programme will continue as long as the patient
has the ability and motivation to achieve realistic goals set and
agreed between patient and therapist. The team will also provide
information on stroke and secondary prevention and support
the patient and family through the rehabilitation process.
The CSRT will also signpost to other relevant teams within County
Durham & Darlington Community Health Services on
Our team consists of staff with a variety of skills and knowledge
within stroke rehabilitation, with all professionals having
registration with appropriate professional governing bodies.
The team consists of:
The service is offered to residents registered with an Easington
The team are based in Grampian House, Peterlee, Co.Durham.
Telephone: 0191 518 5160
Further information supporting our
The community stroke rehabilitation team are supported by the
stroke association family support workers and referral can be made
by the team or contacting the stroke association. The family and
carer support service is a visiting service that gives practical
information and emotional support to families and carers of people
who have had a stroke.
The stroke association website has lots of information about
strokes and sources of advice.
A helpline is also available from the stroke association.
Helpline - email: email@example.com
Telephone number: 0303 303 3100
Support groups are also available within the Easington
Contact : 0191 518 5160 for further details
Different strokes offer support for younger stroke
Strokeline: 0845 130 7172
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