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Make May Purple for Stroke Awareness Month!

04 May 2016 14:21:44

The Stroke Team at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are going purple for May, with a series of fundraising events for Stroke Awareness Month.

Colleagues from Rotherham Hospital will kick off their month of activities with an 8 mile sponsored walk around Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on Saturday 7th May.

Mariano Ponte, Stroke Nurse Team Manager at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The Stroke Team is really excited to be taking part in Stroke Awareness Month. We hope we can raise lots of money for charity and in the process educate the public about the care and support available to post-stroke patients and their families.”

A stroke is caused when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, causing those brain cells to die.

Anyone is at risk of having a stroke, with effects including slurred speech and patients being paralysed, depending how severely the brain is damaged.

The Rotherham Foundation Trust not only treats stroke patients during emergency admittance, but offers care and support into the future, with two thirds of stroke survivors living with some kind of disability.

Further activities planned for Stroke Awareness Month at Rotherham Hospital include:

Public Blood Pressure Test & Tombola
12th May - 10am-2pm
Rotherham Hospital Foyer

The Stoke Unit will be in Rotherham Hospital’s main foyer giving the public the chance to have their blood pressure taken. There will also be a tombola with hamper prizes from Aldi at Parkgate Shopping Park.

Patient Coffee Morning
19th May - 10am-2pm
The Stroke Unit Garden (Stroke Unit Therapy Room if inclement weather), Rotherham Hospital

The Stroke Unit will be holding a coffee morning in their garden for patients, past and present along with their relatives. Tea, coffee, cakes and buns will be provided.

Stroke Nurse Health Drop-in Sessions
27th May 10am-2pm
Quiet Room, The Stroke Unit, Rotherham Hospital

Specialist Nurses will be available to inform colleagues about their roles along with raising awareness about strokes. Tea, coffee, cakes and buns will be provided.

If you would like more information about the Stroke Awareness Month events at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust please contact Mariano Ponte on 01709 424415 or email mariano.ponte@rothgen.nhs.uk.

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