Very often the first sign of heart disease may be a heart attack; this is a major life-threatening event and massive shock for the individual and their family.

A stroke can be life threatening and can leave people with physical impairments, paralysis, speech and swallowing deficit, problems with vision, fatigue and also memory, emotional and behavioural changes.

Emergency treatment in the NHS is excellent but once people start to recover physically they are often impacted by the shock of what has happened and worry about it happening again. In many cases, people need to make major adjustments to their lifestyle.

In addition to the long-term support of the personal nurse they may identify that their patient would benefit from a course of therapy or counselling. Our nurses use their expertise to assess which would be the most appropriate therapy for each patient, and arrange it very quickly, often avoiding a long wait on the NHS and getting people on the road to recovery much sooner