This 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.
Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms - can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech - in their speech slurred?
Time to call 999
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.
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
STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY - THE PUBLIC ARE BEING URGED TO TAKE THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS SERIOUSLY AND CALL 999 WITHOUT DELAY IF THEY NOTICE ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS IN THEMSELVES OR OTHERS, EVEN IF THEY ARE UNSURE.
Approximately 110,000 people have a stroke each year in England. It is the third largest, cause of death, and the largest cause of complex disability; over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability.
One of the main objectives of the campaign is get people who witness somebody showing stroke symptoms to overcome their initial reluctance to call. They are being asked to ‘Make the Call. Dial 999’ even if they are not sure that it is a stroke.
Click here for more information