27 February 12
Acting FAST Proves It Can Save Hundreds Of Lives
27 Feb 12
Latest figures show that the annual Act FAST stroke campaign has had a significant impact on patients receiving stroke treatment.
Last year alone, in the two months after the adverts finished running and people's awareness of the signs increased, the NHS in England saw a 24 per cent rise in stroke related 999 calls, and a 16 per cent rise in stroke sufferers being seen quicker following the campaign in 2011.
With evidence that awareness has improved how quickly patients receive stroke treatment, a campaign set to save the lives of stroke victims from across the country, launches today. These hard hitting adverts aim to get people suffering from stroke to hospital as FAST as possible.
The Act FAST campaign will include striking TV adverts running from February 27 to March 25 and will help people to identify the symptoms of stroke by acting FAST.
People should look for:
Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 999