Somerset Road Safety – Road Assured Scheme – take a short, assessed drive.
The Road Assured scheme is for any driver who has a health issue that may make driving more difficult or who is returning to driving; perhaps after an operation or a health episode.
The scheme enables you to take a short, assessed drive with one of our Approved Driving Instructors. You will be given advice about your driving style and a written report will be produced at the end of your assessment. If you were referred by your GP, a copy will be sent to them first and they will forward a copy on to you. This report will help you and your doctor decide which steps to take, if any, to reduce the chances of problems occurring when you are behind the wheel. There is a £50 fee for the Road Assured assessment.
How do I access the Road Assured scheme?
- You can be referred by your GP or other health professional if there is a concern about your fitness to drive, or to return to driving.
- You can ask your GP or other health professional to refer you if you have a health problem which is making driving more difficult. For example you may feel less safe driving following an operation or if you have experienced an event that has affected you emotionally.
- You can refer yourself for a Road Assured assessment.
- You can refer a family member or friend, with their knowledge that you are doing so, if you are concerned about their driving safety.
SNA – Somerset Neurological Alliance Directory
A guide to neurological services in Somerset. The SNA is a combination of Neurological Charities for further information on Aims and Objectives of SNA go to
Tor Stroke Club
Support for people and their families who have had a stroke. Tor Leisure Centre, Street Road, Glastonbury BA6 9EF. Alternate Wednesdays contact Donna Tucker.
Life After Stroke Group
Somerset Partnership NHS Trust now offer a ‘Life after stroke’ group to patients in the Mendip Area. The group is a 10 week programme that offers: An initial assessment of an individual’s needs. A weekly group-based exercise programme. Advice and opportunity for peer patient and carer support in the form of weekly discussion topics on a variety of subjects. These range from advice on prevention of a further stroke to how to get the most out of life after a stroke. Information on services available from other organisations.Referral for appropriate Mendip patients is usually automatic if a patient has suffered a new stroke and goes through the Somerset Partnership Stroke Pathway. However, previous patients whom may benefit and have not had this opportunity in the past can be referred via a letter from their GP / other Health Professional. Referrals should be sent to the following address: Life After Stroke Group, Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, Buckers Way, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4PG.
Stroke Association Somerset Family and Carer Support Service
If you or someone you care about has had a stroke, our Somerset based service can provide practical advice, essential information and emotional support. The service is free to people of any age recovering from stroke, their carers and family members. Either you or your carer, health or social care workers or GP can refer you to the service. We visit people wherever they may be such as their own home, hospitals or care homes.
Stroke Association Email Befriending
If you would like support from someone who has been affected by a stroke, then you can contact the Somerset Stroke Association.
Stroke Support Group-Frome Area
This peer led support group is for people who have been affected by a stroke and their family/carers. We meet the Last Thursday of every month 10.30-12 noon at Frome Medical Practice. For more information see contact details below.
Wells Stroke Club
Social group with activities run by volunteers. Lunch at various prices. Every Tuesday at the Britannia Inn, Bath Road, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3LQ. 10.30 am to 2 pm. Contact Joy Keast
Mendip Communication Support Group
‘Mendip communication service provides support to stroke survivors who are suffering with communication difficulties following their stroke. Our aim is to maximise as much as possible, the communication skills lost as a result of the stroke by developing new strategies for communicating. The service aims to assist clients to rebuild their confidence by providing opportunities to practice their skills within a safe and supportive environment. Support and guidance is also given to Carers and other family members. Alternate Wednesday 1.45-3.45pm. We meet at Trinity Hall, Trinity Square, Frome BA11 3DE and alternate Mondays Priory Health Centre Wells from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Please call to check days.
Bath Stroke Support Group
Bath Stroke Support Group is affiliated to the Stroke Association. The Bath Stroke Support Group supports stroke survivors and their families across Bath and Paulton and the surrounding areas by providing weekly social activities that enable them to meet other stroke survivors and develop friendships and support. Apart from Wednesdays, meetings are also taking place at: The Turner Room, Paulton Hospital, Paulton, BS39 7SB, on Thusdays on a weekly basis from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Life after Stroke Grants
Life after stroke grants provide a one off payment of up to £300 to fund vital home or personal equipment or by funding support to become active in your local community. If you are a friend or carer of a stroke survivor who would benefit from this support please visit our website or ring us to find out more information.