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Act F.A.S.T. if you think someone is having a stroke

People across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are being asked to be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of stroke as the national Public Health England Act F.A.S.T. campaign is relaunched across the country.

The public are urged to take stroke symptoms seriously and call 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the symptoms of stoke listed below in themselves or 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 – call 999 if you see any one of these signs.

Dr Carl Ellson, Worcestershire GP and Medical Director for Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “It is critical that people realise that a stroke is a serious medical emergency. A stroke damages the brain.

“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.”

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.

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/