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HAVE YOUR SAY: HELP CHARITY SHAPE CHEST, HEART AND STROKE CARE IN SCOTLAND

Leading Scottish health charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, wants to hear from people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions to find out how the pandemic has affected them.

The charity has seen demand for its support services double since the start of the pandemic and their aim through this survey is to find out what help and support people need most so that they can use this information to help shape future services and provide appropriate care for people in Scotland.

This week sees the launch of a national survey, ‘Life During Covid’, asking anyone who is living with a chest, heart or stroke condition, their carers, or anyone who is unwell from covid19, to share their experiences over the past 8 months.

Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, said:

We know that the people we support have been particularly vulnerable to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic. Many peoples existing health has suffered as a result of NHS services being withdrawn, or from being unable to access their usual support networks. People’s mental health, as well as physical health, has suffered and we want to change that.

“Over the past 8 months, we have recruited thousands more volunteers to make sure we can help everyone who needs it. Our Advice Line nurses have been helping more people stay well at home by providing information, support and practical advice over the phone and we have been working with Health Boards across Scotland to make sure we’re there on the ground giving people the help they need when they need it most, supporting them to stay well at home.

“We’re asking people to take a few minutes to complete our national ‘Life During Covid’ survey to help us build and shape our future services.  Together we can fight to make sure there is no life half lived for people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions.”

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s ‘Life During Covid’ survey is available online at chss.org.uk/life-during-covid and will run until mid-December.

If you are living with a chest, heart or stroke condition and need support, you can call the charity’s confidential Advice Line on freephone 0808 801 0899. The charity’s Advice Line Nurses can also help people go through the survey if they need support.

Local Health Board Stats

Health Board Area

Number of people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

146,434

NHS Borders

42,553

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

56,588

NHS Fife

130,720

NHS Forth Valley

91,963

NHS Grampian

173,358

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

388,794

NHS Highland

116,805

NHS Lanarkshire

221,130

NHS Lothian

255,275

NHS Orkney

7,428

NHS Shetland

6,411

NHS Tayside

140,679

NHS Western Isles

11,211

 

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