Aphasia

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There are around 367,000 stroke survivors in the UK who have aphasia, and it affects people in many different ways. Staff in GP practices and Community Health Centres play a vital role in supporting stroke survivors to rebuild and maintain their health and confidence, and this campaign aims to raise awareness of how best to help them.

The campaign stemmed from research we conducted into the issues affecting people with aphasia, which found that one fifth of patients have encountered problems making a GP appointment and more than two fifths find communicating with their GP difficult. To read more about the results, view the press release here.

We are happy to have received received support from many professionals working in the field:

Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: "Anything that enhances communication between GPs and practice staff and their patients with aphasia should be encouraged.
"Patients presenting with aphasia are still quite rare in general practice and so the Ask, Wait, Listen video is an innovative and simple approach to help GPs improve interactions with patients with aphasia by reminding us quickly and easily of the vital things to remember."

Kamini Gadhok, chief executive of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists says:
“Being unable to communicate as a result of aphasia can be devastating. It can affect work, family life and everyday tasks such as visiting the GP – and talking about your healthcare needs and choices when you’re there.

“An important part of rehabilitation is helping people with aphasia to regain their independence. Speech and language therapists can provide direct support to patients and their families. It is equally important for all those who work with people with aphasia to adapt their communication style to make treatment more effective.”

We offer communication training courses to provide information, guidance and practical skills to help support and communicate with someone with a communication disability. If you run or work for a GP sugery, find out more by visiting our Life After Stroke Training page.

We also have a postcard version of the video which can be ordered here. This can be taken to GP surgeries and given to staff.

If you'd like to find out more about the services we provide for people with communication difficulties, take a look at our interactive map.