Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) improves 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.
Over the past year, they have maintained our position as one of Scotland’s major charitable funders of medical research and this year funded approximately £0.5m of new medical research in Scotland.
Across the country CHSS provide services to more than 18,000 people affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions.
Their befriending service supports patients affected by cardiac and respiratory illness by reducing social isolation and loneliness; our community stroke services aim to provide communication support and reduce the sense of loneliness and frustration people face following their stroke; CHSS' affiliated groups provide support people in a group setting in the community.
Their specialist Stroke Nurses and Therapists support patients from hospital back into their homes and our award winning nurse-led Advice Line (0808 801 0899) provide an extensive range of patient information, with new and updated booklets and factsheets on all aspects of chest, heart and stroke conditions which are available online and print information.
CHSS' Welfare Programme continues to distribute personal support grants to people in financial difficulty arising from chest, heart or stroke illness. These cover a range of purposes from respite care to specialist disability and communication equipment.
As well as directly providing services, CHSS work with the National Health Service and Scottish Government to improve NHS services for patients, and with the public and media to enhance public awareness of risk factors for chest, heart and stroke illness.
CHSS is the largest organisation in Scotland to be re-accredited with a UK Quality Investors in Volunteering Standard for the fourth time.