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Stroke

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. A stroke is what happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to the brain. Without a blood supply, brain cells can be damaged or destroyed and won't be able to do their job.

Because the brain controls everything the body does, damage to the brain will affect body functions. For example, if a stroke damages the part of the brain that controls how limbs move, limb movement will be affected.

The brain also controls how we think, learn, and feel. A stroke can affect these mental processes. Many people will also find that their speech, language and swallowing (dysphagia) have been affected following a stroke.


Speech and Language Therapy Stroke Service

Who are we?

Speech and Language Therapists specialising in working with patients following a stroke.

RoleNameContact
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mike Carter

michael.carter@york.nhs.uk

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Heather Robinson

heather.robinson@york.nhs.uk

Community Speech and Language TherapistEmma Macleodemma.macleod@york.nhs.uk
Speech and Language TherapistHannah Richardsonhannah.richardson@york.nhs.uk
Speech and Language TherapistSarah Robertssarah.roberts@york.nhs.uk
Speech and Language TherapistFergus McGlonefergus.mcglone@york.nhs.uk
Speech and Language TherapistYasmin StephensonYasmin.Stephenson@york.nhs.uk
Therapy AssistantRuth GrantRuth.Grant4@nhs.net

What do we do?

Inpatient SLT

  • To assess in order to identify who will benefit from therapy at the inpatient stage

  • To provide communication support to help people access other therapy services in order to aid discharge planning

  • To assess and manage swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)

  • To liaise with family and carers and to contribute to family meetings

  • To provide training to other healthcare professionals on how best to support people with communication and swallowing difficulties

On transfer home

  • We offer assessment and therapy, with support from rehabilitation assistants if required
  • We work alongside other disciplines as part of a multi-disciplinary team in order to provide a more effective and personalised service

We run communication groups, enabling clients to continue with current therapy goals or at the end of therapy as an opportunity to interact and develop communication skills within a supportive setting


Difficulty with language is known as aphasia or dysphasia.

Difficulty with speech is known as dysarthria.

Difficulty with speech programming is known as verbal dyspraxia.

Difficulty with swallowing is known as dysphagia.


Useful links

Connect Support Services for People with Stroke and Aphasia

The Stroke Association

Speakability

Different Strokes

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


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Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.