An update from our CEO

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August, and while this creates disruption to our normal way of working, it does not mean our work at the Stroke Foundation will have to stop. Our dedicated teams will continue to provide services across the country, supporting the people who need us most, especially at this time of uncertainty. Please also be assured that the health and wellbeing of our staff, and the individuals and whānau we work with, are always our top priority.

As with previous lockdowns, we are adapting our services to ensure that those who need us can easily access support. Under Level 4, our Community Stroke Advisors are unable to make home visits and they will be in contact with you if you had a home visit planned which now can’t go ahead. Even if you didn’t have a visit planned, and you need support, please make contact with your Community Stroke Advisor. They are here to help you, by phone or email.

If you need their contact details, these can be found here: https://www.stroke.org.nz/community-stroke-advisors

If you’re a stroke survivor who hasn’t used our services before and need our help, please click on the same link (above) to find a Community Stroke Advisor in your area.

Other useful information and support material can be found here: https://www.stroke.org.nz/affected-stroke

When it comes to stroke, the best way for us all to look out for each other is to remember the key signs of stroke and call 111 immediately at any sign of a stroke to ensure the best chance of recovery.

 

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Please remember that stroke is always a medical emergency. Even though the country is in Alert Level 4, you are not being a burden on the health system by calling 111 immediately and getting help.

We will be closely monitoring the current Covid-19 situation and will provide further updates on this page. We are taking all steps necessary, as advised by the Government and Ministry of Health, to ensure the health and safety of our clients and our people.

Stay safe and look after each other, Aotearoa. 

Ngā mihi

 

Jo Lambert

CEO, Stroke Foundation of New Zealand