20 January 2014
A new Stroke Psychology service, run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust in association with Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, will help benefit local people struggling with emotional problems and depression after a stroke.
Dr Carol Sampson, a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Stroke Association Regional Manager Chris Larkin, Stroke Association representative in Warrington Jane Guy and MP Helen Jones with local patients who have been affected by stroke at the launch event.
Local patients and healthcare staff joined Warrington MP Helen Jones and Stroke Association Regional Head of Operations Chris Larkin at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub in Warrington on Friday 17 January to officially launch the new NHS service in the borough.
Staff from the new service will be based at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub but will work in health centres and homes across the borough raising awareness about the psychological effects of stroke. The service will offer a range of general psychological support as well as more specialist assessment and therapy depending upon the needs of each patient.
Dr Carol Sampson, a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, explains:
“It is estimated that 14,600 in the North West suffer a stroke each year and currently over 157,000 people are living with the effects of a stroke.* These effects often include depression as well as emotional and behaviour changes. The new Stroke Psychology Service will give people in the borough access to the essential psychological care and advice they need after a stroke which can prevent further issues developing and ultimately improve their quality of life.
“If you feel the service could benefit you or a family member please speak to your local GP or the Stroke Association and they can refer you into the service. You can also call 01925 251366 or visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk to find out more.”
Stroke Association Regional Manager Chris Larkin added:
“It is really important to recognise the impact that stroke has on all aspects of people’s lives. I am delighted to attend the launch of the Stroke Psychology Service today in Warrington which will help provide real benefits to people affected by stroke locally. The Stroke Association’s recent Life After Stroke campaign highlighted the lack of support there can be in local communities after stroke but this service will help address those needs in Warrington.”