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Stroke referral programme launch

14 September 2018


This week saw the launch of the Stroke Referral Programme, delivered in partnership between Sentinel Leisure Trust and the James Paget University Hospital Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team.

The programme, funded by Suffolk County Councillor Locality budgets was the brainchild of Cllr Stephen Ardley, himself a former stroke sufferer.  The programme will offer individual support to anyone referred by the discharge team and can range from gym, fitness, spa and swimming, accessing all five of the Sentinel Leisure Sites.

The programme will run as part of the Sentinel Leisure Changing Lives Programme, offering a referral pathway to anyone who has had a life changing event. This can be through mental health issues, heart attack, or building on the very successful partnership with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, delivering a Cystic Fibrosis programme.

Funded for one year  by Suffolk County Councillor Locality budgets, the programme will continue as part of the offer of Sentinel Leisure Trust as a local charity.

Cllr Steve Ardley said, ‘I am incredibly proud to have been involved in the formation of this important partnership. I, of course, have a very personal interest and have seen through my own experience how important early intervention and support is.’

Louise Davis, Occupational Therapist, from the James Paget commented, ‘"To be involved in a programme which isn’t just a short fix, and is instead a long-term commitment, is refreshing and offers our teams such an important tool in our support to rehabilitate stroke survivors and to promote healthy lifestyles."

For more information on the Changing Lives programme, please visit or contact Claire Henwood at

Photos – Cllr Stephen Ardley SCC, Cllr Keith Patience SCC & Louise Davis from the James Paget University Hospital Sentinel Leisure Trust Staff & Trustees