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Act F.A.S.T. and dial 999 at any sign of a stroke


On 2 February 2017, Public Health England relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association. The 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.

The campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym 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

Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.

There are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths with two thirds of stroke survivors leaving hospital with a disability.

This campaign aims to highlight the role that others can play when someone is having a stroke, empowering them to call 999 if they notice any symptoms.

Act F.A.S.T. Make the Call. Dial 999.

For more information visit the Act F.A.S.T website

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