Stroke team praised for excellence in Best of Health awards

(rear left to right) Marie Gofton-Howard, Julia Thompson, Christine Newton and Florance Scott (front left to right) Michael Chivhunga, Julie MacAlister and Angela Javed

(rear left to right) Marie Gofton-Howard, Julia Thompson, Christine Newton and Florance Scott (front left to right) Michael Chivhunga, Julie MacAlister and Angela Javed

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A TEAM which helps hundreds of stroke victims every year has been praised for its excellent work.

The Community Stroke Team in Hartlepool was nominated for a Best of Health award by a member of the public who said: “They always endeavour to get the best recovery for their patients.”

Clinical team leader Michael Chivhunga said: “For someone to recognise us for what we do in our work makes the nomination really special.”

This is the second time the team has been in the running for an award. It reached the shortlist in the community section of the Pride of Hartlepool awards just one month ago.

Now it is bidding for the team of the year title in the Best of Health awards and Michael added: “We do this as a service. That is what we are here for, to improve the outcomes for people who have a stroke.”

The team has 300 visits to people with a stroke every month. That can be to homes, nursing homes and those in residential and respite care.

Most are referred from hospital with some also being sent to the team from social workers, district nurses and other health professionals.

The length of help they need varies between every patient and Michael added: “For me, and I think I speak for most of my colleagues, the most satisfying part of the job is the progress people make.

“When you see them after they have had a stroke, it is a devastating time for them and they are often quite low.

“Then they start to make progress and the reward is the progress they make from being very dependent to being as independent as they can.”

The team joins a fantastic list of entrants in this year’s Best of Health competition. Time is running out for people wanting to put forward their own favourites.

To nominate before May 16, fill in the form on this page.