If you think someone might be having a stroke it is important to think FAST.
FAST stands for The Face Arm Speech Test This is used by paramedics to diagnose stroke prior to a person being admitted to hospital. By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, it is possible for appropriate referral to a stroke unit to be made as quickly as possible.
If someone has failed any of these tests it is crucial to call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need. Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.
Watch this video to find out more. For more information see: Think FAST.
Remember, stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need. Please share this information with friends and family.