Home Health ‘Act FAST’ if you spot the signs of a stroke
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‘Act FAST’ if you spot the signs of a stroke

by Sandra Issar
As part of the Help Us Help You campaign the NHS is urging people to continue to act F.A.S.T. and dial 999 when stroke strikes.

Anyone who thinks they or a loved one has the symptoms of a stroke, however minor they may seem, should not be put off seeking help due to Covid-19.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are being rolled out across the NHS to support clinical decision making on life-changing treatments.

Doctors can view patient scans remotely on an app and make better and faster decisions on the right treatment options for their patients.

Spotting the symptoms of a stroke

F.A.S.T. – Face, Arms, Speech, Time – will help you recognise the signs of a stroke and emphasises 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

Stroke is a life-threatening condition that often results in people being taken by ambulance to A&E for emergency treatment where time is of the essence.

Preventing a stroke

You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke by:

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

If you or your loved ones are experiencing any one of the signs of stroke, the best thing for you and the NHS, is to call 999 and say you’re having a stroke. The NHS expert paramedics, stroke nurses, radiologists and doctors will ensure you get the care you need as quickly as possible.”

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive at the Stroke Association added:

It’s fantastic news that expert stroke teams are able to use the latest emerging technologies to treat stroke, but they need you to get to hospital as soon as possible to minimise the damage that stroke can bring. Don’t delay. If you spot the signs of a stroke, please Act FAST and call 999.


“I know that many people are worried about coronavirus but I’ve been reassured by the UK’s leading stroke doctors that their teams are ready to ensure that you get the right treatment.”

Read more about acting F.A.S.T.