Scheme to help patients

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RETAILERS are part of a pioneering project to help people who suffer speech problems.

Aphasia commonly effects recovering stroke patients making it hard for them to fully form sentences.

County Durham NHS Foundation Trust has joined with the Stroke Association and Durham County Council to launch Aphasia Aware. Sufferers will be given a card to show to alert store staff they are dealing with someone with aphasia, while staff will be trained to use simple language, and to write down things customers may be having trouble with.

Louise Hedley of the Stroke Association said sufferers can be confident of helpful treatment from businesses taking part.