Life after stroke

Medical follow-up

Before your discharge from hospital, your consultant team will arrange an outpatient appointment approximately 2–6 weeks after discharge to:

  • see how you are progressing
  • review any medication that you may have been prescribed and its effects
  • ensure any outstanding investigations are completed
  • offer further medical and lifestyle advice

Wheelchairs

You may need the specialist support of a wheelchair in order to sit safely. While you are in hospital, we will arrange to loan one to you as soon as possible. If your needs are longer term you may be assessed by the occupational therapist and appropriately referred.

Wheelchairs can be hired from agencies like the British Red Cross and we are happy to advise you on this.
Going back to work

It may or may not be possible for you to return to your work. However, going back to work in some form or other may be a very good goal for the future. The Stroke Team can offer you advice on returning to work.

The Department of Work and Pensions can help advise you when you are seeking a job or can support you in changing your work to something more manageable.

You may be able to get re-training or practical help through their Disability Employment Adviser (DEAs).

Going back to work

It may or may not be possible for you to return to your work. However, going back to work in some form or other may be a very good goal for the future. The Stroke Team can offer you advice on returning to work.

The Department of Work and Pensions can help advise you when you are seeking a job or can support you in changing your work to something more manageable.

You may be able to get re-training or practical help through their Disability Employment Adviser (DEAs).

Getting around after a stroke

Driving

There are strict guidelines about driving following a stroke or TIA. You are required by law to inform the DVLA and your insurance company of your situation. The Stroke Association produces a 'Driving after a Stroke' leaflet. Please ask a member of the Stroke Team for a copy.

Other transport services

Services for disabled and older people vary in different boroughs. Please contact your local authority for information. Many leaflets are produced in large print, Braille or audio formats.

Contact Information

Stroke Coordinator
Stroke Team
T: 020 3315 5269

Nell Gwynne Ward
4th Floor, Lift Bank B
T: 020 3315 8431/2

TIA Services
Medical Day Unit

Ground Floor, Lift Bank D
T: 020 3315 8067

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH

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