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.