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Stroke Services

Community Rehabilitation & Stroke Services

Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That is one person every five minutes. Most people are over the age of 65 but anyone can have a stroke including children. (Source: The Stroke Association)

Every year 10,000 people in the UK under the age of 55 have a stroke (Source: Different Strokes)

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. It is the single most common cause of disability.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Stroke is sudden and the effects on the body are immediate.

Every stroke is different and people are affected in different ways.

There are two main causes of stroke

  • The most common type is a blockage. This is called an ischaemic stroke which happens when a clot blocks an artery.
  • The second type of stroke is a bleed when a blood vessel bursts; This is called a haemorrhagic stroke.


Rehabilitation is a planned programme between the patient, family and rehabilitation team members. Promoting health and well being and achieving the best level of functional ability for the individual.

Rehabilitation should not stop when the person is discharged from hospital, and many stroke patients require ongoing rehabilitation in order to maximise their functional abilities, minimise complications and promote full participation at home and in the community.

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team

The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT) is a crucial part of the service provision.. 

The aims of the CSRT are to provide a multi-disciplinary service for patients discharged from hospital (University Hospital Hartlepool, City Hospitals Sunderland and the University Hospital North Durham) with a diagnosis of a recent stroke who are registered with a GP within the Easington District locality. Referrals may also be made from other health professionals.  
The rehabilitation programme will continue as long as the patient has the ability and motivation to achieve realistic goals set and agreed between patient and therapist. The team will also provide information on stroke and  secondary prevention and support the patient and family through the rehabilitation process.

The CSRT will also signpost to other relevant teams within County Durham & Darlington Community Health Services on discharge.


Our team consists of staff with a variety of skills and knowledge within stroke rehabilitation, with all professionals having registration with appropriate professional governing bodies.

The team consists of:

  • Stroke coordinator (nurse)
  • Secretary
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech & language therapist
  • Podiatrist (specialist in bio-mechanics)
  • Specialist therapy assistants

The service is offered to residents registered with an Easington district GP.

Service Information

Contact Details

  Easington Community Stroke Team

The Centre for Health

Whitehouse Business Park


County Durham

SR8 2RU 

Telephone Number: 0191 569 2819

Email address:


Further information supporting our service

Voluntary Organisations
Stroke Association
The community stroke rehabilitation team are supported by the stroke association family support workers and referral can be made by the team or contacting the stroke association. The family and carer support service is a visiting service that gives practical information and emotional support to families and carers of people who have had a stroke.

The stroke association website has lots of information about strokes and sources of advice.

A helpline is also available from the stroke association.

Helpline - email:
Telephone number: 0303 303 3100

Support groups are also available within the Easington District.
Contact : 0191 518 5160 for further details

Different Strokes
Different strokes offer support for younger stroke survivors.
Strokeline: 0845 130 7172

Other links:
Stoke Act F.A.S.T website
Stroke booklet
Aphasia booklet - Aphasia means problems with communication, e.g. speaking, understanding, reading and/or writing.

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital