Act F.A.S.T. stroke awareness campaign launches today

It strikes me as a move towards ”normality when Public Health England starts to focus on a health condition that isn’t Covid-19. Of course, during the pandemic, people have still been suffering a myriad of other health conditions, one of which is strokes.

So, Public Health England in partnership with NHS England and Improvement have relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign, informing the public about the signs of a stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.

Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than expected).

‘Act F.A.S.T.’  (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym is used to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:

  • 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

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