2 February 2017
City Hospitals Sunderland is supporting the annual ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ stroke campaign.
Today, Public Health England will relaunch the national “Act FAST” stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.
Running from until 31 March 2017 the campaign includes TV, radio, social media and outdoor advertising and is supported by PR
The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym has featured in the advertising for a number of years and is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999. F.A.S.T. teaches people what to look out for in themselves and in others:
- 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 There are some of other symptoms that people should be aware of as these may occasionally be due to stroke.
- 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
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.
A stroke is a ‘brain attack’, caused by a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
There are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths with two thirds of stroke survivors leaving hospital with a disability.
The sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery.
One of the main objectives of the campaign is get people who witness somebody showing stroke symptoms to overcome any initial reluctance to call. They are being asked to ‘Make the Call’ and dial 999.
Act FAST. Make the Call. Dial 999.
More information can be found in the leaflet attached to this page or search ‘Act FAST’ for more information.