“I was treated with compassion and dignity at a frightening time.”
Thank you to Debbie, who has written a thank you note to the stroke team for their care.
Debbie, who is 50, suffered a stroke in November. From the moment the paramedics arrived and took her to the University Hospital of North Tees, from where she was transferred to the stoke unit, she is full of praise for her care.
She wrote: “I was treated with compassion and dignity from every member of staff, which was a really frightening time in my life because I had lost my speech and the ability to use my right hand. Added to this was COVID which prevented me from seeing the two most important people in my life, my husband and my daughter but staff kept them both up to date every step of the way.
“While I was on the ward/home I was visited multiple times by staff from speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams who were amazing and on day three, I uttered my first words, my husband and daughters names and after six days discharged home.
Community physio team
“It’s week 13 now and I have been discharged by the community physio team (Gemma), am fine tuning my language skills with the speech and language therapy team (Izzy and Catherine) plus working with Toby from the psychology team. Following on from this, I wanted to let you know how supported I’ve felt on my road to recovery, from my Consultant Dr Annamalai to the entire stroke team and Stroke Association (Claire) and I wanted to say a big thank you from both myself and my family for all the exceptional care I have been given. I still have a little way to go, but I am confident I will get there soon!”