Stroke Services - Community

Community Stroke Team (C.S.T.)
The community stroke team works in partnership with service users, families and carers to promote independence through the provision of therapy, treatment and support.

The service is for adults who have had a recent stroke and would benefit from a short-term period of community based rehabilitation. The team is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists and rehabilitation assistants. Staff involved will vary according to individual needs.

Where does the service operate?
The service is available across the Northern Trust area and may be provided in any community setting such as the clients home, relatives home, during a temporary stay in a residential facility, nursing home or community hospital bed and can be provided alongside other hospital and community services.

What happens when a service user is accepted onto the service?
A short-term rehabilitation plan will be agreed in partnership with the service user, carer or relative (if appropriate) and relevant team member. Any existing or proposed support from relatives, friends or community services will be taken into account. The service user is encouraged to set out initial goals to work towards with the support of the community stroke team and these may change if progress is made. Onward referrals may be made if longer term services are deemed necessary. A six month post stroke review is also provided.

Referral criteria:

  1. Stroke diagnosis – confirmed by CT, MRI or clinical diagnosis by consultant
  2. Potential for functional improvement
  3. Has clear, realistic, functional and patient-centred goals identified
  4. Has the cognitive ability to actively engage with the rehabilitation process
  5. Is motivated to engage with the rehabilitation process
  6.  Requires no more than assistance of two people
  7. Over 18 years of age

Patients MUST be medically stable
* Complex patients should be discussed directly with the team at the time of referral
* Referrals will be accepted for either uni-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary intervention as required

How to refer: 

  • Referrals are accepted from any hospital or community based professional involved in the service users care
  • Log referral via CRMS (Tel. 028 2563 5521)
  • Forward MDT Documentation/ Reports with a confirmed Discharge Date to Recovery CST

Office Contact details:-

Antrim/Ballymena Locality
Ballymena HCC
Cushendall Road
Tel: (028) 2563 5678

Oriel House
2-8 Castle Street
Tel: (028) 9442 6100

Causeway Locality
Rathlea House 
Rugby Avenue 
Tel: (028) 7034 7860

East Antrim Locality
1st floor Inver House
Moyle Hospital Site
Tel: (028) 2826 6182

Whiteabbey Hospital Site
Doagh Road
Tel: (028) 9055 2495

Mid Ulster Locality
Thompson House
Mid-Ulster Hospital Site
(028) 7936 6984

Occupational Therapy Clinical Leads

Linda Lyttle – Causeway & Mid-Ulster
Tel: (028) 7034 7860

Physiotherapy Clinical Lead
Eleanor Bridges
Tel: (028) 2563 5675

Speech & Language Therapy Clinical Lead
Cathy Magee
Tel: (028) 9055 2576

Community Stroke Service Co-ordinator / Professional Lead Nurse
Paula FordHutchinson
Tel: (028) 2826 6182

Page last updated:03 January 2018