Helping stroke patients regain control of their lives is the focus of this award-winning group.
The Stroke Rehabilitation Team, based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, go out into the community and help stroke patients live with their condition.
And patient Patrick Lodge has been so pleased with the help he has received that he put the team for The News’ Best of Health Awards.
The team came along to our glitzy ceremony held at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday, where they won their category of Community Nurse/Team of the Year.
Sarah Eastern, team leader, said: ‘We were very pleased to be nominated and were excited about the awards night.
‘I think we were up against a tough crowd, so to be picked as winners felt absolutely fantastic.’
As previously reported in The News, Mr Lodge, 53, of South Road, Buckland, was struck down by a stroke last October and was taken to QA for treatment.
As a result he has been left paralysed on his left-hand side, which has restricted his mobility.
But thanks to four daily visits from the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, Mr Lodge is starting to get some of his independence back.
Initially he had to sleep downstairs. He had a stairlift fitted, and with support from the nurses, Mr Lodge is able to use the lift and get himself upstairs.
He is also being taught how to wash himself and regain independence.
Sarah added: ‘Mr Lodge has been progressing very well and that means a lot to us.
‘And it’s also thanks to him and the other people who put us forward that we were able to pick up this award.
‘We’re grateful he put us forward and gobsmacked that we actually won.’
Coming in as a close second in the category was Sandy Spong, who works at the Fareham Health Centre.
She said: ‘I can’t believe I was nominated and was grateful to pick up an award.
‘I couldn’t have done any of this without my team, so I would like to thank them too because they are wonderful to work with.’