Stroke Community Services
The specialist Community Stroke Team helps people continue their recovery from a stroke at home or in a rehabilitation centre after leaving hospital.
The service offers individuals a personalised rehabilitation programme and supports them to achieve their goals.
All patients that have experienced a stroke are reviewed at designated intervals to assess progress and support the transition from hospital to home. We also work with and support the carers and relatives of those who have had a stroke.
Stroke is a medical emergency and it is important to get anyone you suspect of having a stroke to Accident and Emergency (A&E) as quickly as possible.
The team recommends that you use the Face Arm Speech Time (FAST) test. FAST requires an assessment of three symptoms of stroke. They are:
- Facial weakness – has their mouth or eye drooped? Can they smile?
- Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms in the air?
- Speech weakness – can the person talk normally, can they understand you?
- Time – to call 999
The service operates Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.
There is an answer machine service available for out of hours/weekends/bank holidays.
Referrals are accepted directly from stroke patients residing in Walsall or any health or social care professional.