Stroke awareness stall
22 May 2015
To coincide with national stroke awareness month, staff and patients of Benfleet ward and Paglesham ward, home of the stroke unit at Southend Hospital, have been getting busy with some crafting in an attempt to raise some funds for the unit.
The crammed and colourful stall was selling a whole host of
knitted and crocheted items, guessing how many sweets in a jar, a
raffle, some scrummy cakes and seedlings planted by patients as
part of their rehab programme.
The staff and patients are hoping to raise funds to buy some bed
sensors that will help the unit monitor patients that are at risk
of falling when in bed as some stroke patients suffer from mobility
Ward manager, Emma Wilding, explained how they were also
offering advice as well as some lovely snacks and gifts. She said:
"Some of the nursing staff have been offering blood pressure
checks, as there is a high correlation between having high blood
pressure and stroke, and advising on how to live a healthy life
style, something of particular importance to everyone with the
recent news of the rise of strokes of people in their 40s and 50s.
Strokes don't just impact upon the elderly.
"Raising money for the bed sensors is great but raising
awareness of an individual's health is also important, so if we
help just one person think about that then we have already helped
make a difference."