Act F.A.S.T. Campaign – Call 999 at any sign of a stroke

Act F.A.S.T. campaign returns to empower people to call 999 at any sign of a stroke

Public Health England, working closely with Stroke Association, have relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign.

The campaign raises awareness for the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in themselves or others. All three signs are not needed in order to make a 999 call, one is enough. Therefore, the campaign urges individuals to act without hesitation, upon spotting any sign, for both themselves and on behalf of others.

The campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to highlight the key signs of stroke and 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

A stroke is known as a ‘brain attack’. There are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention as every minute is vital. That is why calling 999 is so crucial. An ambulance can give stroke patients those extra precious minutes, through faster and more specialist treatment via their knowledge of the nearest appropriate Hyper Acute Stroke Unit.

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

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    2 Responses

    1. itsmarkf says:

      Everyone should be vigilant to the signs of stroke with the Act F.A.S.T. campaign. The faster the medical attention is sought, the better the person’s chances of recovery are. Every minute really does count when it comes to stroke. Everyone should stay alert to the signs of stroke and seek immediate medical attention if they notice any of the symptoms in others. The faster a stroke is treated the better the chances of a good recovery. Act Fast.

    2. MomoStarr16 says:

      I envy your country for having a good and fast act of medical assistant. The way you rescue people are really good. And by that article, you never stop on improving your services. Hope they do the same in my country.

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