In registering for TalkStroke forum, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions set out here. These conditions apply to your choice of public name or ID as well as any public or private messages that you post.

Please feel free to browse through the comments on the TalkStroke forum. If you would like to reply to a comment or start a new discussion, then you need to fill in a simple registration form. Registration also allows you to find like-minded people in your area to contact through the private ‘message user’ facility.

Use of TalkStroke is at the user’s own risk. The Stroke Association does not accept responsibility for any costs or expenses incurred as a result of any actions you take.

Content posted on TalkStroke is the sole responsibility of the person who posted the content. All views and information, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are individual and should not be interpreted as the views, policy or advice of the Stroke Association. Where views or information are those of the Stroke Association, this will be clearly identified as such by the charity.

Please note that the Stroke Association does not respond to messages or answer questions about stroke posted here. If you require information or support, please contact the Stroke Helpline team on 0303 3033 100 or email info@stroke.org.uk. If you would like to give feedback on the Stroke Association's work, please use our feedback form or our complaints procedure.

If you need specific medical advice, contact your GP in the first instance or an appropriate medical professional such as a physiotherapist or stroke consultant.

If you need emergency medical help dial 999 for an emergency ambulance, or go to your local hospital’s accident and emergency department.

Always consult a medical professional before making any health related decisions that could affect you or those that you care for.

If you're concerned about your or another person’s care or safety then we encourage you to find and contact your local social services department.

Code of conduct

We welcome the use of TalkStroke as widely and freely as possible. The code of conduct set out here aims to ensure that discussions stay safe, respectful, legal and relevant.

Please remember that TalkStroke is a public forum and as such please only post information you are happy to share publicly.

  • Please ensure that your messages do not include personal attacks, content that is offensive, defamatory or libellous, vulgar, hateful, threatening, abusive, invasive or in violation of any laws or good morals and practice.
  • Please do not harass other users by making repeated and unwanted attempts to contact them in a manner that could cause distress.
  • Please bear in mind that your views about what is offensive may differ from those of other members. Try to consider your comments from the perspective of others before posting. Most situations where someone might take offence are not straightforward and call for a judgement from a moderator. The final decision to edit or delete a post (see ‘Inappropriate posts’ below) rests with the Stroke Association.
  • Please avoid writing in BLOCK CAPITALS it can make your comments more difficult to read and is often interpreted as if you are shouting.
  • Please do not post personal details including, but not limited to telephone numbers, email addresses or postal addresses, unless these have been posted with the agreement of the Stroke Association. This applies to your own or anyone else’s details. All posts on TalkStroke are public and can be viewed by anyone, not just people registered with TalkStroke, so for the protection of our members we remove contact details from posts. The "Send a message" button that appears in a users profile can be used to send private messages to other members.
  • Please do not allow anyone else to use your TalkStroke account.
  • Please do not create multiple accounts.
  • Please do not impersonate any person or organisation or falsely claim any affiliation with a person or organisation.
  • Please do not break any other applicable laws, or post or send any content that you do not have a right to transmit under law.
  • Please do not participate in mischievous or malicious behaviour, which causes or could cause damage to the Stroke Association or our website or any computer systems on which this site resides.
  • You are welcome to post links to other web-pages or refer to third party organisations or products where you feel this would be helpful to other members.
  • Please do not post sections from other websites as this may raise copyright issues. It is better to write your own short description and post a link. The Stroke Association is not responsible for any information posted by members that may infringe copyright law.
  • Any reference to third party organisations, their products or services does not imply endorsement by the Stroke Association.
  • Advertising of products or services by commercial companies or those affiliated to them is not permitted and will be removed.
  • You must not transmit any chain letters, spam, junk messages or any other form of solicitation to other users.
  • TalkStroke must not be used to collect or publish any personal data.
  • The above advertising policy applies to offers to sell, loan or give away second hand items, such as equipment, as well.
  • Donation and fundraising requests are not allowed on TalkStroke these should be confined to appropriate sites such as JustGiving.

Legal or medical advice

TalkStroke is a forum for people affected by stroke to share support and advice. Information on TalkStroke is not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. Always consult a medical professional before making any health related decisions. The Stroke Association has no obligation to amend or remove any inappropriate advice given on TalkStroke. When sharing advice on TalkStroke please be aware that other people’s situation may differ from your own and be clear about where information relates to your personal experience. For example, you could say ‘My doctor prescribed me aspirin, you could ask your GP about this’ rather than ‘You should take aspirin’.

Recruiting participants for research

The Stroke Association recognises the value of all stroke research and also recognises that many people affected by stroke are interested in getting involved with research projects relevant to them.

Students and researchers can advertise for participants by posting a message on TalkStroke but only after completing and returning a specific form available by contacting the Stroke Association at research@stroke.org.uk

The Stroke Association is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any research project, opportunity, or other type of project mentioned on TalkStroke.

Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure projects listed have appropriate approval from a recognised body. Participants are responsible for satisfying themselves that appropriate approval procedures have been met before taking part.

Journalists and media conducting research for articles should not contact TalkStroke members directly. You can contact our press office at press@stroke.org.uk

Children and TalkStroke

TalkStroke is not aimed at children and some children may find content on TalkStroke upsetting. If you are a parent, follow usual guidelines on internet safety. Leave the ‘Allow other users to message me’ option turned off and ensure younger children are supervised.

Children under 12 should ask a parent/guardian to write to us confirming that they give permission for you to register for TalkStroke at:

Stroke Association
Life After Stroke Centre
Church Lane
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 8RA

Any communications or material that you transmit to, or post on TalkStroke or any other public area of the Stroke Association website, including any data, questions, comments or suggestions is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary information.

The Stroke Association may use, or allow to be used, information posted on TalkStroke for research purposes with a view to improving products and services for stroke survivors. Any content the Stroke Association is aware is being used for this purpose will be anonymised.

Private messages sent through the 'message user' system are not routinely checked but will be read if they have been reported to us as inappropriate. By sending or receiving a private message you consent to it being viewed by the Stroke Association where the Stroke Association has been notified of a problem or a breach of these terms and conditions.

Please respect the privacy and wishes of those users who you have been privately messaging. You must not pass on details to third parties (except the Stroke Association) without permission.

For further information, about how we treat any personal information entered on this site please see our Privacy policy.

Inappropriate posts

Comments are not approved before they are posted on TalkStroke. All new comments are checked at regular intervals to ensure compliance with these terms and conditions.

If you feel a message posted is inappropriate, you can report it to the Stroke Association by clicking ‘report post’ at the end of the message in question.

Where a breach of these terms and conditions occurs the Stroke Association reserves the right to take such action as it sees fit.

The Stroke Association has the right, but no obligation, to remove, edit, move or close any message or group of messages for any reason.

The Stroke Association has the right to modify or delete any or all information related to a user, including deletion of that user’s account, without prior notice.

While the Stroke Association may notify you when we make changes to your post or account, we are under no obligation to explain or enter into correspondence regarding the moderation of TalkStroke.

The Stroke Association may report activities on TalkStroke to the relevant authorities if doing so may prevent a crime, or assist in the detection of a crime or if we have a legal responsibility to do so.

These terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice. Where significant changes have been made we will inform users.

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