The aim of StrokeLINK is to help give people the tools they need to change their lifestyle and to engage with the advice they’ve been given in hospital. The design research team developed a patient-friendly booklet for stroke patients. This was co-designed with patients and healthcare workers.
Patients are guided through the booklet by a StrokeLINK nurse. The nurse regularly follows up with the patient post discharge, at regular intervals before their next hospital appointment and is a point of contact to respond to issues that arise. Text messages are sent at regular intervals to the patients and include reminders to collect their medication, check their blood pressure and check-in with their GP. The StrokeLINK team across the Mater and NCAD created a video on how to monitor your blood pressure, which was co-created with patients & healthcare professionals. This is sent with one of the text messages, and this video is available on the StrokeLINK YouTube channel also.
The StrokeLINK website is at an advanced stage. Planning workshops and collaboration with stroke patients, their families, stroke nurses and therapists has been a huge feature of the research behind the website. Content is now being written by the wider multidisciplinary team who look after stroke patients.