The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives. While we must all now stay physically apart, its important to remember that you are not alone.
In response to this crisis, the Irish Heart Foundation has developed a range of resources including online and telephone support services.
New phone support service for stroke survivors
The Irish Heart Foundation in conjunction with the HSE National Stroke Programme, has launched a new telephone service for anyone who needs support, advice or information in the aftermath of stroke. Call 01 6685001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, see here.
Nurse support line
Our nurses are available on phone and email support Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm. Call 01 6685001 or email email@example.com
Patient support groups for stroke patients and their carers.
All our patient support groups have moved online and we also have a number of private Facebook groups where you can access expert information and share your thoughts and concerns with similarly affected people:
Life after Stroke – a Facebook group for stroke survivors and their carers.
Irish Heart Foundation Carers’ Group – this Facebook group is specifically for carers of stroke survivors.
We are continually updating all the latest information and advice on the coronavirus for people living with heart disease and stroke. We have also developed a range of resources to help you stay active, eat well and keep heart healthy.
The Irish Heart Foundation’s stroke support service has been a lifeline for new dad Enda McDermott who, at the age of 34, has had two strokes, his second one happened at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Our Facebook groups are a chance for you to access expert information and to engage and share your thoughts with others living with cardiovascular disease in these worrying times.
Dr Angie Brown answers your questions on coronavirus and cardiovascular disease.Learn More
Helpful resources that may help with social isolation during COVID-19
The Irish Heart Foundation’s new stroke support service is kindly supported by:
“Pfizer Healthcare Ireland along with Bristol Myers Squibb is proud to play a part in supporting the Irish Heart Foundation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. This new stroke support service developed by the Irish Heart Foundation will provide expert practical and emotional support to recently discharged stroke patients during this difficult time. A stroke is a life-changing event and these types of supports are vital in aiding the recovery of stroke survivors across the country.”
Paul Reid, Country Manager, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland
“Bayer is delighted to support this excellent initiative for stroke patients from the Irish Heart Foundation as part of their response to COVID-19. Having a nurse at the end of a phone line as well as access to online support groups, are wonderful resources for patients recovering from a stroke post-discharge from hospital.”
Carmel Mulroy, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Bayer