Public Health England launches its Act FAST campaign to remind people of the main symptoms of stroke and importance of calling 999 immediately.
Stroke kills over 40,000 people a year and leaves around two-thirds of stroke survivors with a disability.
Research shows that 24% of people would wait to call an ambulance because they wrongly believe that they need to see 2 or more symptoms of stroke to be sure. Other barriers to dialling 999 include feeling that they need permission to act on behalf of others.
As part of the campaign, new films will encourage everyone – whether they are a stranger in the street, a family member at home or the person themselves – not to hesitate and make the call immediately when they see any of the main stroke symptoms:
- Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time – if you notice any of these signs call 999
The Act FAST campaign will run nationally from 2 February to 31 March 2017. Read more via Public Health England