How can family and friends help?

  • Bring in easy fastening, comfortable, loose fitting clothes that are easy to pull on and off such as T-shirts and tracksuit bottoms as well as any toiletries, spectacles, hearing aids or dentures that you may use.
  • Bring in flat, supportive shoes to help patients who are having difficulties walking.
  • Encourage you to do things for yourself where possible. In order to help you regain your independence, it is better for you to do things for yourself. An example of this might be eating and drinking or washing.
  • Sit by your affected side (the weaker side) when visiting unless advised otherwise. After a stroke some patients find that they have reduced awareness of their affected side which they can neglect. Approaching or sitting on the affected side encourages attention.
  • Accompany you off the ward for a change of scene providing that you are well enough and that this has been agreed in advance with the ward management.
  • You need to buy a phone card from the Hospedia machine on the ward so you can use your bedside telephone.

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 3265

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH


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