More emotional support offered to stroke patients in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:43 17 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:43 17 July 2014

A project that provides psychological and emotional support to people who have suffered a stroke is set to be rolled out across Norfolk following a successful pilot.

The Psychological Wellbeing Group was introduced last year by Bianca Neumann-May, assistant psychologist with Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, based at the Mulberry Unit at Norwich Community Hospital. Following a well received six-month pilot on the Beech Stroke Rehabilitation Ward, it will now be rolled out further from next month.

She said: “We are really proud of our achievements and the impact this group had on our patients. When someone has had a stroke, their rehabilitation often focuses on the physical and cognitive. At NCH&C, we have adopted a cutting edge approach as we feel psychological rehabilitation is just as important. We want to help people talk about their experiences and feelings and break down some of the taboos which still exist around mental health and low mood.”

“The group aims to do that by encouraging patients to tell each other their stroke and life stories, share laughter and tears and learn relaxation exercises which will help them find a moment of calm to engage with their feelings and thoughts in a busy ward environment.”

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