​​​​​Services available and accessible for people with Stroke, long term Neurological conditions and their carers​

Some of the improvements Greenwich has made around Stroke/Long term Neurological conditions and will continue to make are as follows:

A​dditional Neuro-rehab beds 

A​ddit​​​ional Neuro-rehab beds which are already available where clinically appropriate​.

  • These are specialist beds that will be accessible to patients as an alternative to acute care in case their neurological condition sees deterioration due to nature of condition.

  • These will be accessible via the Neurocare navigator service/GP or please liaise with your GP/Acute Stroke unit or Community Neuro or Neuro-navigator service to access these beds.

​Neuro-care navigator service 

A Neuronavigator service for people with complex neurological conditions such as brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis or Stroke, to support them to access the right service at the right time according to their needs

  • The service is managed by South East London Neuro Navigation Service (SELNNS) Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
    Please email:  gst-tr.SELNeuroNavigationService@nhs.net
    Alternatively, please call 0203 049 5631 or 07585960050​

  • Please liaise with your GP/Acute Stroke unit or Community Neuro to access the Neuro-navigator.

Community Neuro-rehab and Early Supported Stroke Discharge services​

Additionally, we are reconfiguring our Neuro-rehab and Early Stroke Discharge services in a way that offers patients with befriending, communication support, 6 and 12-monthly reviews and carer/social care support.

  • This has been informed by patient and carer engagement sessions as part of our commissioning intentions and wider support for Stroke patients.

  • You can access this service through your GP, Acute Stroke unit, referral by any Community clinician or access it through self-referral.

  • You can contact this service Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm on 020 8921 2304​. 

​IAPT: Time to Talk 

ime to Talk is part of a national programme called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)​. It is for people with mild problems of anxiety or depression who are motivated to work to change the problem.

  • ​The team of therapists are based in Eltham, but can see patients at other centres throughout the borough. They offer free psychological treatment as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for anxiety and depression. This is mainly cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and counselling. They can help you learn ways to help yourself so that you feel more able to cope with your problems and offer support for people 16 and above and people suffering from long term conditions.

  • This service will support both carers and people that have had a Stroke. Contact on: 020 3260 1100.

  • It can be accessed through a referral by your GP/any Community clinicians/Acute Stroke unit etc.

Self-referral, Health coaches, local Health champions, GPs or any community/acute clinician/Social services​

​A number of activities and services that can be accessed via Self-referral, Health coaches, local Health champions, GPs or any community/acute clinician/Social services. The following is what is accessible to people that have Stroke and additional co-morbidities.

  • ACT Carers Group Greenwich -Carers of people accessing the Assertive Community Treatment Team in Greenwich, managed by Oxleas and meeting held First Wednesday of the month, 12-2pm.
    Please contact: Lucy Hickey 020 8319 5509.
  • ​Greenwich Carers Support Group Greenwich-Support group for carers of people accessing mental health teams at 68 The Heights and Ferryview Health Centre, 12.00 to 2.00pm last Wednesday of month at Charlton House, Contact: Lynda Wasley on 020 8269 4160, they offer socialising, peer support, educational with guest speakers and Peer support, information and education, Guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy and sometimes medication may help you to manage anxiety or stress better. Depending on your circumstances, you may benefit from one of these types of treatment or a combination. 

  • Health wise (exercise on referral scheme)

  • Walking for health group

  • Chair-based exercise group (needs revisiting)

  • Greenwich get active (web and telephone support)

  • Greenwich Healthy living line (Currently looking into how to support people in a range of service to guide them into the best services for them before going into the physical aspect of it. Developing a test and learn pilot for Riverview (a systematic effort towards prevention).

  • Healthcoach (Coaches to provide housing/financial matters). Also exploring the use of community pharmacists as part of the health coach system.

  • Expert patient programme – Course specifically for Carers and for Children of parents with Stroke.

  • Time to Talk (IAPT) for mental health for carers.

  • Lifeline Basis
  • Connect also accepts referral into their services (run groups in Southwark)
  • Carers Centre - Greenwich Carers Centre provide a range of information and advice services as well as more in-depth face-to-face and support services.  Self- referral welcomed.
    Contact: Email: info@greenwichcarerscentre.org, Tel: 0300 3002233

  • Greenwich directory: https://www.greenwichcommunitydirectory.org.uk/kb5/greenwich
  • Motor Neurone Disease Association - offer various support and resources such as a South London Support Group, Grants , a benefits service and volunteers for support.  Visit the MND website: www.mndassociation.org