Teams across North and North East Lincolnshire are working collaboratively on a public awareness campaign to educate people on the symptoms, causes and prevention of stroke.
Working alongside the Stroke Association and clinical staff from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, North and North East Lincolnshire CCGs are promoting the national ‘Act Fast’ campaign, together with efforts to engage with the local community to discuss this life-threatening medical condition and increase awareness of the symptoms across generations.
Earlier treatment results in a greater chance of recovery, a reduced likelihood of permanent disability and lesser need for extensive rehabilitation.
We know that some people are unaware of the early warning signs of stroke and delay calling 999.
The signs can be mistaken by some as a ‘funny turn’, but stroke is a medical emergency and getting the right treatment, fast, can save lives and reduce the devastation that stroke can bring.
Dr Asem Ali Stroke physician, Divisional Medical Director and Stroke Services Lead at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS trust said, “Stroke is not the disease of only elderly it can strike at young and middle age. It is important that public should identify the signs of stroke and call ambulance so that they can come to the hospital timely where stroke specialist team can do immediate investigations to provide clot bursting drugs or organise mechanical removal of clot to prevent disability and mortality.
Around 1.9 million nerve cells in the brain are lost every minute that a stroke is left untreated, which can result in slurred speech and paralysis. Time is brain. If left untreated, a stroke can result in permanent disability or death”.
Strokes are more common in the winter months so the team will be attending local markets in the run up to Christmas to engage directly with local people, promoting the signs of stroke on bus campaigns, printed materials and social media.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential; the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. Stroke strikes every 5 minutes in the UK. It can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.
Signs of stroke:
- Face: facial weakness
- Arms: arm weakness
- Speech: slurred speech
- Time: to call 999 if you spot any one of these signs.
A stroke is a medical emergency. Always dial 999. The quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment.