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Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line

Call the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line Nurses for confidential information, advice and support, or referral to a stroke group near you.
0800 801 0899 (Free from landlines and mobiles).

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Here are some more links and resources that you might want to explore to help support you.

Download sheets and templates

Topic 1: Getting started

Download the goal setting plan [.pdf, 80 KB]

Topic 2: Keeping healthy

Download the stop smoking tips [.pdf, 102 KB]

Download the healthy eating tips sheet [.pdf, 135 KB]

Download the weekly unit calculator [.pdf, 74 KB]

Download the Lightening the Load sheet [.pdf, 299 KB]

Download the taking action sheet [.pdf 82KB]

Download the Sleep Diary [.pdf, 326 KB] logo Used with permission from available at, (c) © 2015, Egton Medical Information Systems Limited. All Rights Reserved

Download my medicines sheet [.pdf, 69 KB]

Topic 4: Emotional support

Download communication strategies template [.pdf, 73 KB]

Download sharing strategies template [.pdf, 89 KB]

Download writing frequently asked questions [.pdf, 133KB]

Download the Bill of Rights [.pdf, 73KB]

Download the strategies for being intimate sheet [.pdf, 94KB]

Download the emotional touchpoints sheet [.pdf, 107KB]

Topic 5: Coping with setbacks

Download the Daily activity diary [.pdf, 67KB]

Download the problem solving sheet [.pdf, 96 KB]

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Useful contacts

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line

    Call the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line Nurses for confidential information, advice and support, or referral to a stroke group near you.
    0800 801 0899 (Free from landlines and mobiles).

  • NHS Inform Helpline

    The NHS inform helpline can give you further information on illnesses and health conditions, NHS services and other support services available in your area.
    To contact the helpline please phone 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, 7 days)

  • NHS 24

    NHS 24 – Scotland’s national Telehealth and Telecare organisation.
    Call free on 111 if you are ill and it can’t wait until your regular NHS service reopens.

  • The Samaritans

    The Samaritans – Just having someone to talk to that isn’t family or friends can be a tremendous help. Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.
    08457 90 90 90 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • Smokeline

    Smokeline is Scotland’s national stop smoking helpline, open every day from 8am to 10pm. Smokeline advisers give free advice and information about how to stop smoking.
    You can phone 0800 84 84 84 or text CALL to 83434 for a call back from a Smokeline Adviser.

  • Drinkline

    If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, contact Drinkline for a confidential conversation.
    Call free on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).

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Useful websites

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
    Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community. We are Scotland’s Health Charity.
  • NHS inform – NHS inform provides a co-ordinated, single source of quality assured health and care information for the people of Scotland. Health information you can trust.
  • The Alliance – Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well.
  • Citizens Advice Scotland – Our service is free and each year we help more than 300,000 people in communities across Scotland to know their rights.
  • Living Life to the Full – Helping you to help yourself.
  • Patient – Trusted medical information and support.
  • Relationships Scotland – Relationships Scotland’s network of affiliated local services provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services across all of mainland and island Scotland.
  • Scottish Government – Take life on
  • Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance – Independent advocacy is a way to help people have a stronger voice and to have as much control as possible over their own lives.
  • The Stroke Association – The Stroke Association is a UK wide stroke charity. It support’s stroke survivors, families and carers and funds research into the prevention and treatment of stroke.
  • UK Government: Access to Work – An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.
  • Self Directed Support Scotland – This is a one-stop-shop for information about Self-directed Support for people who use social care services.
  • Tinder Foundation – This is a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology.

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Guidelines & reports

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Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland factsheets & booklets

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