What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Find out more about the main symptoms of a stroke here.

1 in 50 of people in our area are living with the long-term consequences of a stroke. Our Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS) delivers improved, long-term support for stroke survivors in the community, helping them regain their independence.

The ICSS is currently operating in North Somerset only. The local CCG is planning a wider roll out of the ICSS in Bristol and South Gloucestershire later in the year. Find out more here

Community stroke service

The North Somerset integrated community stroke service helps stroke survivors home from hospital sooner and works with them to rebuild their independence.

Stroke – specialist nursing

For people who don’t have rehabilitation needs, the North Somerset integrated community stroke service specialist nurses contact service users six weeks after they’ve left hospital to provide information, support and advice.

practitioner supporting patient with reading exercise

Stroke – specialist nursing

Assessment of stroke patient in their home

Community stroke service