£852,155.88 raised of £1,070,000.00 goal
Help give a stroke victim their life back.
The Stroke Unit looks after more than 100 stroke victims and patients with symptoms every month. Your donations will help support patients on their long road to recovery through a new build, investment in new technologies and equipment.
A stroke is not something you prepare for
We are relying on your support to change the lives of people at Frimley Park Hospital affected by stroke.
Please help us to make a difference today.
Our vision as a team is to provide a centre of excellence with the aim of becoming a national flagship service for stroke. To realise this vision a new build, which will be accessed from the Stroke Unit, will provide a quieter environment that patients and their families can access in order to spend that quality time away from the busy ward. Dedicated rooms will also be provided for Speech Therapy and Psychology assessments and for complementary services such as massage or hairdressing. To do this we need to raise over £1 million.
1,400 patients visited the stroke unit in 2018
More than 50% of stroke victims require on-going care over months or years.
Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK.
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What is a stroke?
What causes stroke?
Anyone can have a stroke
Many people think that strokes only happen to older people but stroke can strike anyone at any time.
While most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too, including children. One in four strokes in the UK happens to people of working age. There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk. With simple checks, your GP can help you understand your risk of stroke and support you to make the changes necessary to reduce your risk. Could you save a life by recognising the signs of stroke? Learn the FAST test
Other symptoms of stroke
The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take seriously.
- sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
- difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
- sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
- sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness; or a sudden fall.
- a sudden, severe headache.
If you spot any of these signs of a stroke, don’t wait. Call 999 straight away.
Let us answer some of your questions about the Stoke Unit at Frimley Park.
- Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischaemic stroke.
- However, strokes can also be caused by a bleeding in or around the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke.
- A transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.
Can you recover from stroke?
All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people. Unfortunately not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible. The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chances for a good recovery.
Effects of stroke
All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long, while others may be left with more serious long-term problems.
Physical effects of stroke
You may have weakness or stiffness in some of your muscles after a stroke, or you may lose control of them altogether. This can lead to problems with movement and balance.
Around one-third of stroke survivors have problems with speaking, reading, writing and understanding what other people say to them.
Tiredness, fatigue and depression
Many people have problems with extreme tiredness after a stroke. This is known as post-stroke fatigue. Depression affects about one third of stroke survivors
What will your support help to provide?
We want to extend the space we have so that patients can have better access to therapies to aid their recovery. This will include outdoor facilities (special paving, raised flower beds and steps) that will help to improve the patients’ mobility and provide a more interesting form of exercise and environment for the patients.
Strokes usually come unexpectedly and can be life-changing events. Patients may spend weeks or even months on the Stroke Unit at Frimley Park. Your support can help to provide patients and staff with the tools that they need to get better faster and to do so in the most comfortable way possible at an incredibly difficult time.
Whilst stroke is the biggest cause of disability in the elderly, 1 in 150 strokes happen to people under the age of 20.
At Frimley Park Hospital, we want to make sure we have the best facilities for patients of all ages.
Completed on the 23rd June 2018 raising £2350 with a team of 9:
Donna, Julie, Carol, Tina, Zoe, Ellie, Martin, Neil and Evie.
Zoe and Tina’s dad sadly passed away due to complications arising from stroke. Tina has worked on the Stroke Unit at Frimley Park for 17 years, and Zoe also worked there for several years, so this is very much a cause close to their hearts and those that teamed up with them on the challenge….this you can still donate to!