About: Coathill Hospital Lanarkshire Community Services / Speech and Language Therapy University Hospital Wishaw / General Medicine University Hospital Wishaw / Stroke Unit

(as the patient),

In May 2018 I had a stroke, which changed my whole life and also my husband's. 

The care and support I have received from the NHS has been fantastic. I.e. Ambulance crew, doctors, nurses, speech and language therapy, stroke nurses and support workers, psychiatrist, occupation therapist etc.( Hope I haven't missed anybody out).

All these people have contributed and some still do in making it possible for me to live my life to my full potential.

Joanne, SLT Advanced Practitioner has especially been a godsend as my speech was affected by the stroke. Her strategies that she put in place made me more determined to improve my speech to the best of my ability and more. 

All in all I believe that these services were and still are a vital part of my road to recovery. I really don't know where I would have been without them.

So I can't thank the NHS enough for their care and support, throughout.


Response from Jane-Marie Stobie, Lead Occupational Therapist Physical Care and Co-ordinator, Community Brain Injury Team, University Hospital Hairmyres, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Miss D

Thank you very much for your kind comments. Stroke can be a devastating experience and I am glad that you and your family had the help and expertise you required from the stroke service. All of the stroke staff are dedicated to providing the best service possible to support recovery and they will be delighted to hear that you are doing so well. I will ensure your comments are shared with the Occupational Therapy Team who have been involved in your rehabilitation and wish you the very best with your ongoing recovery.

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Response from Pauline Downie, Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy Services, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Miss D

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. I am glad that you have had support from many of our staff in the NHS and that with their help and your determination you are living your life to your full potential. I will certainly make sure that Joanne from SLT knows of your appreciation and I hope that you continue to enjoy life!

Kindest regards


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Response from Maureen Dobbin, Service Manager Older People's Services, University Hospital Wishaw, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Miss D,

Many thanks for taking the time to post your wonderful comments about your experience of our Stroke Services. I am delighted to hear that you have had such a positive experience and that you are recovering well. Our Stroke teams take pride in supporting patients to live as full a life as is possible after their event. I will ensure that your feedback is shared with all of the teams involved in your care as they will be delighted to know that they are appreciated.

I hope to continue to recover well,

Best Wishes


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