Conference for stroke victims

PUBLISHED: 13:49 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

STROKE victims and their carers from across East Devon are being given the chance to attend a free conference.

STROKE victims and their carers from across East Devon are being given the chance to attend a free conference.Devon Primary Care Trust, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Stroke Association are jointly organising the event, which will take place next month.The conference aims to increase awareness of the condition and will include helpful sessions about emotional issues after stroke, advice on benefits and a special "question time" with an expert panel.The conference, taking place at Paignton Zoo on May 15, is free but delegates should book a place to guarantee attendance.The event follows a very successful conference, held last year, which was attended by more than 70 people.Every year more than 130,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke. Most are over 65, but people of any age can have one. A stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. It is also the single most common cause of severe disability. Devon Primary Care Trust is planning a further stroke event in East Devon later in the year. For more details or to book a place at the conference, call Carolyn Bull on 01803 655045.

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