Lincolnshire Stroke Service
The Lincolnshire Stroke Service aims to assist earlier discharges from hospital for patients within Lincolnshire who have been admitted with a diagnosis of stroke. They are also able to provide specialist advice to Integrated Community Therapy and Transitional Care Teams.
Description of service
The main aims of the Lincolnshire Stroke Service are to reduce the length of stay of patients within stroke units, to improve the patient and carer rehabilitation experience following a stroke, and to offer a seamless transfer of care from hospital to home.
The Lincolnshire Stroke Service works closely with the acute stroke units in Lincolnshire hospitals, as well as across borders in hospitals with stroke units who take Lincolnshire patients.
The service seeks to achieve patient centred goals in a short timeframe as agreed between patient and therapist. The Lincolnshire Stroke Service has close links with Integrated Community Teams and Transitional Care Teams to ensure any ongoing rehabilitation needs continue to be addressed. The team also works closely with GP, nursing, Social Services and voluntary sector colleagues to provide a holistic approach to recovery following stroke.
The Lincolnshire Stroke Service is divided into four hubs across the county: Lincoln, Louth, Sleaford and Boston. The team comprises:
- speech and language therapists
- occupational therapists
- assistant practitioners
- rehabilitation assistants.
The experienced therapists offer specialist assessment of the patient and carer’s needs and wishes, and support goal setting to assist maximising recovery as much as possible. Following this, the highly skilled assistant practitioners and rehabilitation assistants are then able to visit patients regularly through the week to support therapy sessions that can be supplemented by using video or telephone with therapists.
The Lincolnshire Stroke Service team can offer specific support for completion of daily living activities as part of the rehabilitation process; clinicians are happy to discuss this on a case by case basis.
Emphasis is placed on education for healthy living, patient and carer involvement and supporting with both appropriate information and signposting to relevant professionals and voluntary organisations.
Service operating times
The Lincolnshire Stroke Service team can be contacted between 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with an answer machine to record messages outside of these times.
The team can offer a seven day a week rehabilitation service between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
To speak to clinicians within the hubs:
- North West area (based in Lincoln) : 01522 308766
- North East area (based in Louth): 01507 631423
- South West area (based in Sleaford): 01522 307241
- South East area (based in Boston): 01205 449901 or 01205 449902
Waiting times for the service
Patients will be assessed following referral within as short a time frame as capacity allows; the team aims to visit the patient at home within 24 hours of discharge from hospital, depending on the patient wishes.
Stroke Association are here to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care.
Stroke Association currently provide a Stroke Recovery Service in Lincolnshire which provides practical advice, emotional support and high-quality information following a stroke. Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member, the team will work with you to identify and address your needs through a personalised plan, and support you to rebuild your life after stroke.
You can also access My Stroke Guide, which is an online support tool that helps support recovery. It provides free reliable advice, information and support 24/7, and the friendly forums connect you to others affected by stroke. Log on to mystrokeguide.com today.
The Stroke Association website can help you find local support groups, information about stroke and its effects, and more ways to get involved with our charity. Find out more at stroke.org.uk.
Lincolnshire Stroke Service Youtube channel
Have you seen the Stroke Services YouTube channel?
The channel has been developed with patients and clinicians to provide a range of additional support, including exercise demonstrations, healthy living, preventing further strokes and much more. There are also links to other useful sites for stroke patients.
As a result of patient feedback videos include adapting everyday tasks following a stroke, such as how to make a cup of tea with one hand.
If you have suffered a stroke, your health professional may direct you to this site for your information and to support your recovery.
Meet the team
Anna Czajkowska - specialist physiotherapist
(Photo coming soon) Becky Watts - rehabilitation assistant
Fiona Dodsworth - rehabilitation assistant
Jennifer Salva - specialist physiotherapist
Joanne Daykin - speech and language therapist
Lauren Everett - rehabilitation assistant
Lesley Davis - assistant practitioner
Lorna Purcell - rehabilitation assistant
Lorraine Chapman - specialist occupational therapist
Maria Suarez - assistant practitioner
Michelle Sabado - advanced physiotherapist and clinical lead
Nicola Cooper - rehabilitation assistant
Beth Cockayne - specialist occupational therapist
Catherine Stamp - team leader and advanced speech and language therapist
(Photo coming soon) Fiona Gilbert - rehabilitation assistant
Gina Davis - assistant practitioner
Jack Cockayne - specialist physiotherapist
Karen Lock - rehabilitation assistant
Karen Masters - rehabilitation assistant
Kerry Fletcher - rehabilitation assistant
Kirsten Guy - specialist physiotherapist
(Photo coming soon) Lauren Cosford - specialist speech and language therapist
Margarita Solecka - specialist physiotherapist
Nathan King - rotational physiotherapist
Sceonaid Dover - assistant practitioner
Sheena Waldron - specialist speech and language therapist
Sophie Tomlinson - rehabilitation assistant
(Photo coming soon) Amy Bryan - specialist physiotherapist
Annabelle Kelly - rehabilitation assistant
Cheryl Watts - rehabilitation assistant
Claire Haines - rehabilitation assistant
Corrie Alexander - assistant practitioner
Elaine Oatway - assistant practitioner
Frankie Hopkins - rehabilitation assistant
Jennifer Salva - specialist physiotherapist
Julie Jarvis - specialist speech and language therapist
Julie Manders - specialist occupational therapist
Linda Thomson - operations lead and specialist physiotherapist
Margarita Solecka - specialist physiotherapist
Sue Harding - assistant practitioner
Tina Jackson - rehabilitation assistant
Vicki Martin - occupational therapist
Alison Mawson - occupational therapist
Amy Evans - team lead and occupational therapist
Caitlin Vaughton - speech and language therapist
Emily Egan - rehabilitation assistant
Helen Evans - physiotherapist
Joe Cranfield - rehabilitation assistant
Karen Weingaertner - rehabilitation assistant
Kaye Greaves - assistant practitioner
Marie Isaac - assistant practitioner
Missie Rath - assistant practitioner
Nicole Davey - rehabilitation assistant
Rebecca Stanley - physiotherapist
Sharon Butcher - rehabilitation assistant
Sue Baker - assistant practitioner
Thomas Shortland - specialist speech and language therapist
Zoe Wheater - occupational therapist
Other useful information
Referrals are only accepted from professionals within specified stroke units on completion of the referral form. The referral form is available by contacting the teams via the numbers above, as well as from visiting clinicians within the service. As ADSS is an early supported discharge team, they can accept patients under the following conditions:
- registered with a Lincolnshire GP
- transferring with a maximum of one person – if with equipment, please discuss with clinicians if two are required for treatment
- a safe and appropriate discharge has been planned, allowing the team to visit within 24 hours of discharge from hospital
- has rehabilitation goals
- the patient has consented to contact from the ADSS team
If you are a professional, care worker, family member or friend supporting a person who has had a stroke, or you have suffered a stroke recently or in the past, please see the links below for some useful information:
- Stroke Association – Charity association supporting people who have had a stroke. Wealth of information about all things stroke related. https://www.stroke.org.uk/
- Adult Social Care
- main website https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adult-care/
- available services https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adult-care/our-services/
- carers assessment https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adult-care/carers/support-for-carers/carers-assessment-eligibility-and-direct-payments/129190.article
- Age UK – information about local groups and support http://www.ageuk.org.uk/
- Steps 2 Change – support with emotions and mood http://www.lpft.nhs.uk/steps2change
- Motability – information on support available for purchasing and adapting vehicles http://www.motability.co.uk/
- Telecare – information about lifeline pendants and additional technology to support safety at home https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/the-wellbeing-service/
- Nottingham Rehabilitation Supplies – information about returning equipment that is no longer in use https://www.nrshealthcare.com/about-nrs/returning-equipment
- Carers First – support for those who care for someone with a disability http://www.carersfirst.org.uk/
- East Anglian Driveability - advice, information and assessment for people with disabilities
- One You - free tips, tools and apps to help promote better health
- Lincolnshire Sensory Service - specialist information, guidance and support for those living with sight and/or hearing loss
As part of our overall commitment to providing the best service and care, we welcome and encourage patients /carers to provide honest feedback on their experiences.
We would therefore appreciate your comments on the care and support you have received from the Stroke Service.
Your stroke journey is split between your time in hospital, being cared for at home or in a care home and being supported in your local community.
We would like to capture your experience of your stroke care in all these care and support settings.
To make sure your feedback is directed back to the right care/support team, please complete the survey applicable to your care.