Act FAST over stroke symptoms

The call comes following interim Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith’s, statement that some hospital wards are “eerily quiet” amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are concerned that people are putting off going to hospital because of the virus and don’t want to be a burden on the NHS.

Debbie, 44 from Comrie, has joined forces with the charity to remind people that stroke is a medical emergency and that people still need to seek medical attention if they think they’re having a stroke

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is urging people to act FAST and call 999 as soon as you experience symptoms. FAST is a simple acronym to remind people of the key signs of stroke:

FACE – Can the person smile, does one side of their face droop?

ARM – Can they lift both arms? Is one weak?

SPEECH – Is their speech slurred or muddled?

TIME – If these symptoms are present, call 999

Debbie Matthew, stroke survivor from Comrie, said:

“If my husband hadn’t called 999 so quickly and I hadn’t gone to hospital straight away, I can’t bear to think about what position I would find myself in today.

“It’s been 4 years since I had my stroke and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’m just so thankful that my family were able to get me the help I so desperately needed.




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