Act F.A.S.T. if you think someone is having a stroke, make the call, dial 999


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Herefordshire CCG is supporting the Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign which this year was launched 1 February 2018 by Public Health England (PHE).

Dr Ian Tait, a local GP and Chair of Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

"It is critical that people realise that a stroke is a serious medical emergency. A stroke damages the brain. It can have a life changing impact on how the person talks, walks, uses of other parts of their body and looks. It is vitally important that the person having a stroke gets medical help right away as the quicker the action, the more likely they are to have a better recovery."

The public are urged to take stroke symptoms seriously and call 999 immediately is they notice any single one of the symptoms of stroke listed below in themselves or others, remember Act F.A.S.T.

The F.A.S.T. acronym has featured in the PHE advertising campaign for a number of years and is a simple way to help people identify stroke symptoms:

Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms - can they raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech - is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999 if you see any on of these signs.

Other stroke symptoms people should be aware of include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms.

Even if you are not sure, Act F.A.S.T., make the call, dial 999.

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