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Stroke Care engages with a large ethnically diverse adult and elderly population, who are or may be at greater risk of social isolation and poverty. Stroke Care aims to break down barriers and help reduce inequalities in the up-take of universal services.
Stroke Care have over ten years experience of providing a service supporting people, their families and carers who are affected by stroke and long-term disabilities or identified at risk. We provide holistic and proximity health promotion support services, targeting the vulnerable and the hard to reach adults and elderly people in some of the most deprived areas in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. We emphasise on advocacy, advice, and health awareness raising and campaigning for healthier lifestyles and well-being as preventative measures against strokes and other incapacitating illnesses.
Stroke Care works to the core values of respect and care. These define our priorities, both in the way we deal with others at work and our service users. These values have helped the charity to grow from small beginnings into the organisation it is today. The power of these values lay in how the organisation employs them throughout its work, which in turn helps to enrich both staff and clients lives and helps differentiate Stroke Care from Its competitors.
As the charity continues to grow, the aim is to keep these values at the heart of Stroke Care’s philosophy and day-to-day work; helping to ensure it offers the highest level of service; delighting its service users and surpassing expectations.
Goals & Objectives
Stroke Care’s strategy consists of three core goals, which come together to help the organisation form a balance range of support to improve the lives of people affected by stroke, other debilitating ill health and their families and carers Prevention, Advocacy, Campaigning and Information To collaborate with other organisations to ensure the best range of information is available to increase the prevention of stroke; reduce inequalities in service provision; and play a leading role in fighting for the rights and life betterment of all people affected by stroke and debilitating ill health. Rehabilitation, Advice and Support To collaborate with other organisations to provide those affected by stroke and debilitating health with the best range of advice and support to aide their rehabilitation and improve the quality of their lives: targeting accessibility for hard-to-reach groups who have been affected inequalities in service provision. Healthy, Sustainable Organisation
To operate a well-managed, well governed and financially sustainable organisation that is able to retain a highly skilled & motivated staff team.
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They’re usually caused by viruses, but can be caused by bacteria. RTIs are thought to be one of the main reasons why people visit their GP or pharmacist. The common cold is the most widespread RTI.
Healthcare professionals generally make a distinction between:
- Upper respiratory tract infections – which affect the nose, sinuses and throat
- Lower respiratory tract infections – which affect the airways and lungs
Children tend to get more upper RTIs than adults because they haven’t built up immunity (resistance) to the many viruses that can cause these infections.
How respiratory infections spread
RTIs can spread in several ways. If you have an infection such as a cold, tiny droplets of fluid containing the cold virus are launched into the air whenever you sneeze or cough. I f these are breathed in by someone else, they may also become infected. Infections can also be spread through indirect contact. For example, if you have a cold and you touch your nose or eyes before touching an object or surface, the virus may be passed to someone else when they touch that object or surface. The best way to prevent spreading infections is to practise good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water.
Upper respiratory tract infections
Common upper respiratory tract infections include:
- The common cold
- Tonsillitis – infection of the tonsils and tissues at the back of the throat
- Sinusitis – infection of the sinuses
- Laryngitis – infection of the larynx (voice box)
A cough is the most common symptom of an upper RTI. Other symptoms include headaches, a stuffy or runny nose, a sore throat, sneezing and muscle aches.
Lower respiratory tract infections
Common lower RTIs include:
- flu – which can affect either the upper or lower respiratory tract
- Bronchitis – infection of the airways
- Pneumonia – infection of the lungs
- Bronchiolitis – an infection of the small airways that affects babies and children aged under two
- Buberculosis – persistent bacterial infection of the lungs
As with upper RTIs, the main symptom of a lower RTI is a cough. However, it’s usually more severe and you may bring up phlegm and mucus. Other possible symptoms are a tight feeling in your chest, an increased rate of breathing, breathlessness and wheezing.
Managing your symptoms at home
Most RTIs pass without the need for treatment and you won’t usually need to see your GP. You can treat your symptoms at home by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, drinking plenty of fluids and resting. In most cases, antibiotics aren’t recommended because they’re only effective if the infection is caused by bacteria. The symptoms of an upper RTI usually pass within one to two weeks.
When you should see your GP
Visit your GP if:
- Your symptoms suggest you may have pneumonia – for example, if you’re coughing up bloody Mucus and phlegm
- You have a pre-existing heart, lung, liver or kidney condition
- You have a long-term lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma
- You have a condition that affects your nervous system, such asmultiple sclerosis
- You have cystic fibrosis or bronchiectasis
- You have a weakened immune system
- Your cough has persisted for more than three weeks, you’re losing weight, you have chest Pain or if there are any lumps in your neck
It’s also recommended that you visit your GP if you’re over 65 years of age and you have a cough and two or more of the factors listed below, or you’re over 80 years of age and have a cough and one of the following factors:
- You’ve been admitted to hospital at some point during the past year
- You have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
- You have a history of heart failure
- You’re currently taking a type of steroid medication known as oral glucocorticoids – for example, prednisolone