Chris Docherty from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland talks about how the organisation supports people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions in Scotland.
Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland is Scotland’s leading health charity, supporting those people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions to live their lives to the full.
Everyday people in Scotland are leaving hospital feeling scared and alone. CHSS supports people across the country living with chest, heart and stroke conditions through its ‘Hospital to Home’ services which include peer support groups, community support teams, stroke nurses, Kindness callers and much more.
How Can Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Support You?
Are you someone or do you support someone living with a chest, heart or stroke condition who is looking for help? Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s aim is to support the 1 in 5 people in Scotland living with our conditions to live their lives to the full.
Through our Hospital to Home services, we provide one-to-one support for stroke survivors and people living with heart or chest conditions, including Covid-19 and Long Covid, which are outlined below.
For those who are unsure as to which service might be best suited to them, or who just want to talk to someone who can help, contact our Advice Line for free and confidential advice on 0808 801 0899, email or text NURSE to 66777.
Our Hospital to Home Services
Get one-to-one support from our Community Support team, giving you the physical and emotional help you need to recover well at home.
Our dedicated stroke nurses are here to help you every step of the way as you return home from hospital after a stroke.
Peer Support Groups
Join one of our 140+ affiliated Peer Support Groups across Scotland to get support, socialise and meet people who understand what you’re going through.
If you’re feeling isolated and need someone to chat to, our Kindness Volunteers are here to help with regular friendly phone calls.
Learn how to live well and look after yourself to reduce your risk of developing a chest, heart or stroke condition. This includes services such as FREE health checks (including blood pressure and cholesterol), FREE physical activity sessions and guided walks.
Training & Education
Our training and education resources for healthcare professionals provide a high-quality learning experience to develop understanding and improve care and treatment for people with our conditions.
Patient & Carer Education
Our educational resources are suitable for both patients and carers to help you learn more about managing and living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.
You can find out more on our website about our full range of services
Chris Docherty is the Health Defence Community Engagement Officer for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland