"My Stroke"

About: Lothian Community Services / Speech and Language Therapy Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Stroke Medicine

(as the patient),

I had a minor stroke which affected my right side and speech.

Not much aftercare, sent home next day from hospital with a box of baby aspirin.

Only real education was from Stroke trial people who explained all the symptoms

I was having and a great help from the Speech therapist  ( I had to request from My GP)

Sheena has reassured me I am not going mad  and has shown me patience and understanding  Helping with my speech and building my confidence.

Responses

Response from Jeannette Morrison, Head of Patient Experience, NHS Lothian

Dear Wee Sheila

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us following your hospital stay in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I was sorry to read that you did not feel that you had much aftercare from the ward staff.

I was really pleased that the staff who are leading the Stroke Trial have been able to explain things to you along with Sheena from the Speech and Language Team. It is really important that you are able to build your confidence and I am really pleased that she is helping you with this.

I have shared your feedback with the teams and I do hope your recovery continues.

With best wishes

Jeannette

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Update posted by Wee Sheila (the patient)

Hello Jeannette, thank you for you response.

I may not have explained my feelings correctly.

My disappointment was not with the ward staff and I do realise there is not the funding or time to follow up every patient, but I just feel someone should have been able to tell me that I might feel fatigue, anxiety, depression and feel low after leaving.

The front line at A&E staff were exemplary. As were attending nurses.

Thank you for listening to a lone voice.

Sheila.

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