Local MSP Colin Smyth has joined forces with charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) to urge people across South Scotland to have their say on a new strategy to help people living with a stroke or a chest or heart condition.


The charity has launched their first ever ‘Lived Experience Survey’ and wants to hear from those living with a stroke or chest or heart condition or their family or friends before the deadline of 31 July, to shape the final strategy- ‘No Life Half Lived’.


South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said, “Across South Scotland, thousands of people every year suffer a stroke or are diagnosed with a chest or heart condition. I would urge anyone who is living with such a condition or their family or friends to take part in this survey which ends alter this month”.
“Chest, Heart and Stroke carry out crucial work across South Scotland, from training healthcare professionals to providing rehabilitation services, and this new strategy is aimed at building on the support provided to benefit more and more people in our area. 
Katherine Byrne, Policy Manager for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland said, “One in five people in Scotland are living with chest or heart conditions, or have had a stroke. The survey seeks the views of those who have been personally affected by these conditions, and CHSS wants to know how has their life changed, what matters most to them, and what help and support has made the most difference”
“CHSS will use the results to shape their services and support, as well as highlighting the key issues in their future campaigns.  They recently launched a new strategy, No Life Half Lived, which aims to see them becoming the voice of the 1 million people living with these health conditions”.


“To have your voice heard and to take part in the first survey of its kind please visit www.chss.org.uk/surveys  The survey is live until 31st July”.

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