Support after discharge

Community Stroke Specialist Nurses

The stroke specialist nurse’s role is to support the stroke survivor following discharge from hospital. They will look at medications for the patient; follow up investigations, link into rehabilitation services via the intermediate care team, providing access to Stroke Association services and local support groups, other health services and social services. The stroke survivor will always be known to the Stroke Specialist Nurse and will have the opportunity for review on discharge, at six months and yearly.

Veena James

Stroke Specialist Nurse - Ashford and Tenterden

Trinity House
110 – 120 Upper Pemberton
Eureka Park
TN25 4AZ 

Office tel: 0300 7906798


Rachel Dyer

Stroke Specialist Nurse - Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Sandwich 

Intermediate Care Team
Exchange House
Lakesview International Business Park
CT3 4NH 

Office tel: 03007 900389


Nicolette Ummatt

Stroke Specialist Nurse - Shepway, Deal and Dover

Intermediate Care Team
Dover and Deal Intermediate Care Team

Dover Health Centre
Maison Dieu Road
CT16 1RH

Office tel:

Deal/Dover patients: 01304 865310

Folkestone patients: 01303 854451

Stroke Association Family and Carer Support Coordinators

The family and carer support worker is a service that gives practical information and emotional support to the families and carers of people who have had a stroke. The service helps families, and those who live alone, prepare for the changes that inevitably happen because of a stroke and helps them to cope both practically and emotionally. This is a service available in the community, however they also provide support to each of the stroke units.

Ashford and Shepway

Richard Stevens Ward, William Harvey Hospital

Ruma Kinkead-Weekes

Tel: 01622 351969 /  07515 596731


Olwen Shaw

Tel: 01622 351969/ 07703319061
Email: olwen.shaw@stroke.org.uk


Kingston Ward, Kent & Canterbury Hospital

Jacqui White

Tel: 01227 783023 / 07940 481554
Email: jacqui.white@stroke.org.uk 


Fordwich Ward, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital 

Jan Fletcher

Tel: 01227 783023 / 07717 275724

South Kent Coast (Folkestone and Dover)

Fordwich Ward, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital 

Helen Evans

Tel:  01622 351969 / 07799436060
Email: helen.evans@stroke.org.uk

Useful links

Further information for support after discharge can be found in our Neuro Support Directory.

The Stroke Association

Different Strokes