A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of the signs of a stroke is being supported by Hampshire County Council.

Two new national television adverts encourage people to call 999 immediately so that those experience a stroke can receive medical attention as quickly as possible.

The campaign is aimed at spreading the F.A.S.T message:

  • Face – has the person’s face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms about and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time – time to call 999 if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Over 1,300 Hampshire residents are admitted to hospital suffering a stroke each year, with 60 per cent of these aged under 75.

Stroke is a treatable condition and continues to be the third leading cause of death in England.

The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK.

Those aged over 55 and people from African, Caribbean and South Asian origins are most at risk and twice as likely to suffer a stroke as people of European origin.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult services and public health, said: “It is important that all of us are aware of the symptoms of stroke so we can act immediately if we suspect someone is having a stroke or a mini-stroke (TIA). I would urge everyone to remember the F.A.S.T message: face, arms, speech and time to call 999. The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving.”

To find out more about stroke and TIAs, including how to reduce your risk by living a healthier more active lifestyle, visit Act F.A.S.T campaign.