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
  • physiotherapists
  • 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.

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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

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.

Call Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out more, or email helpline@stroke.org.uk.

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.

Click here to view the channel

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


Angela Smith

Colette Bailey

Jane Smith

Kate Yearsley

Liz Ford

Lorraine Roberts

Sheryl Willis

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:

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.

Complete the Lincolnshire Stroke Service survey - your care at home or in a care home, by clicking here.

Complete the Stroke Association survey - your stroke support at home or in a care home provided by the Stroke Association.

Complete the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) - your care in hospital survey.

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