Two fabulous services

LETTER

There have been some articles about stroke support in your newspaper lately. It is well known that the excellent work by stroke support groups are poorly funded by District Health Boards and the Ministry of Health. Most people who have suffered a stroke leave hospital both confused and unsure what happens from there, even allowing for any form of supported discharge.

I suffered a stroke in January 2016 and know that not nearly enough education was available from Gisborne Hospital to prepare me for the outside world. However, that is not my intended subject at this time.

I would like to praise and thank two absolutely fabulous services that are available in Gisborne which far exceed those in most other cities.

First, the Sunshine Bus Service which is rather unique. Ross, Mike and occasionally Keith handle bookings, cancellations and schedules with efficiency and pleasantness. The voluntary drivers and their companions couldn’t be more obliging and helpful.

The second organisation, and they are unique, is the Gisborne Stroke Support Group. Caroline, John, Henry, Maureen and their band of volunteers organise sessions of exercise, education, outings and a lot of fun for those who attend. The morning teas are worth going for alone and at a small cost.

This group operates on a shoestring budget but is hugely important for people needing to live in the community with so many changes to cope with. I for one, was very grateful and saw my recovery progress as a result of attending.

During the year that I attended, I made some good friends who shared their experiences — both good and not so good — all of which helped with what might lie ahead and how to cope. Hugely valuable.

These organisations deserve all the praise and assistance they might receive from the community and others.

Mike Creswell, Te Puke

There have been some articles about stroke support in your newspaper lately. It is well known that the excellent work by stroke support groups are poorly funded by District Health Boards and the Ministry of Health. Most people who have suffered a stroke leave hospital both confused and unsure what happens from there, even allowing for any form of supported discharge.

I suffered a stroke in January 2016 and know that not nearly enough education was available from Gisborne Hospital to prepare me for the outside world. However, that is not my intended subject at this time.

I would like to praise and thank two absolutely fabulous services that are available in Gisborne which far exceed those in most other cities.

First, the Sunshine Bus Service which is rather unique. Ross, Mike and occasionally Keith handle bookings, cancellations and schedules with efficiency and pleasantness. The voluntary drivers and their companions couldn’t be more obliging and helpful.

The second organisation, and they are unique, is the Gisborne Stroke Support Group. Caroline, John, Henry, Maureen and their band of volunteers organise sessions of exercise, education, outings and a lot of fun for those who attend. The morning teas are worth going for alone and at a small cost.

This group operates on a shoestring budget but is hugely important for people needing to live in the community with so many changes to cope with. I for one, was very grateful and saw my recovery progress as a result of attending.

During the year that I attended, I made some good friends who shared their experiences — both good and not so good — all of which helped with what might lie ahead and how to cope. Hugely valuable.

These organisations deserve all the praise and assistance they might receive from the community and others.

Mike Creswell, Te Puke

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