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Will my treatment and support be different because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Anyone who has a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke) will get the medical treatment they need.
While you are in hospital, you should be assessed to find out what kind of help and rehabilitation you’ll need to recover.
You might be discharged more quickly than normal, due to new hospital procedures to reduce the risk of infection. There may be less staff available on the wards. But hospitals are trying to work in new ways to help people get the support they need after a stroke.
New stroke symptoms: call 999
What happens next?
When will I get better?
Many effects of a stroke improve in the days and weeks after a stroke. Things like swallowing, continence problems and speech problems can improve quickly. For some people, that can mean making a full recovery. Others will need therapy, which could be given at hospital or at home.
Read more about the effects of stroke and types of therapy on our website.
To find out more about your own stroke and your treatment, contact your GP. They can talk to you about your stroke and any health conditions, and what you can do to stay healthy.
Fatigue and emotional effects of stroke
Many people go through emotional changes after a stroke or TIA. They can feel shock and anger. Some people have low mood or anxiety. We have information about emotional changes after stroke, and tips for wellbeing while staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are struggling with low mood or anxiety, contact your stroke team or GP.
After a stroke or TIA, by law, you must not drive for a calendar month. You need to check whether you are able to return to driving and if you need to tell the DVLA/DVA about your stroke. We have information about driving after stroke on our website.
Support for you after leaving hospital
- Post-stroke checks: The Stroke Association is working with the NHS in many parts of the UK to provide post-stroke checks. If you live in one of these areas, you will be contacted after leaving hospital. Depending on where you live, you may be supported by a Stroke Coordinator or a staff member from our 'Stroke connector' service. Because we can't meet stroke survivors face-to-face, we're providing support over the phone. You'll also be sent resources and further information after the call.
- Our support services offer help with life after stroke. To find out what is available in your area, call our Helpline or use our postcode search.
- Our 'Lived experience' telephone support service puts you in touch with another stroke survivor. They can spend time listening, and understand what you are going through. Contact our Helpline to request this service.
- Our 'Connect and chat' volunteer phone support service is for anyone feeling alone or isolated. Contact our Helpline to request this service.
- My Stroke Guide is our online stroke support community. It's free and easy to register.
- Our Helpline is open every day to answer your questions and provide information and resources. Call 0303 3033 100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help if you can't leave home?
Stroke survivor and coronavirus (COVID-19) information
We have comprehensive resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) for stroke survivors on our website. This includes a video about washing your hands with one-sided weakness. There is information about emotional wellbeing, work and money. We have some Easy-Read resources which can be helpful for people with aphasia or cognitive problems.