Graphic showing: 6 in 10 (59%) stroke survivors in Scotland say they have received less support from health and care services than usual

The Stroke Association's Stroke recoveries at risk report is based on the responses of almost 2,000 people affected by stroke across the UK, 169 of whom are Scots. This makes it the largest survey of the stroke community since COVID-19 took hold.

In addition to the UK-wide recommendations, the report has two clear, recommendations for Scotland:

  • The Scottish Government makes urgent progress on its 2019/20 and 2020/21 Programme for Government stroke commitments.

  • Establish a regular reporting mechanism for those commitments to Parliament, to track progress and ensure transparency and accountability.

All Scots should have timely access to evidence-based treatment and support across the entire stroke pathway.

To discuss the report findings further, please contact Colin Oliver, Public Affairs Officer (Scotland).

Susan's story

Susan, from the Scottish Borders, had a haemorrhagic stroke caused by a bleed on the brain in May 2016. Following her stroke, Susan had problems with her speech, sight, hearing and mobility. Over time her speech and vision have improved, but Susan still struggles with walking. Susan has found lockdown really difficult. Read Susan's story