Public urged to learn FAST stroke tips

The FAST test can be carried out by anyone and is a really effective way of spotting the typical signs of a stroke
The FAST test can be carried out by anyone and is a really effective way of spotting the typical signs of a stroke

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is reminding residents in East Yorkshire to ‘Act FAST’ and become a life-saver.

The trust is supporting a Public Health England campaign, run with the Stroke Association, to raise awareness of the three main stroke symptoms.

The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and emphasises the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:

l Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

l Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?

l Speech – is their speech slurred?

l Time to call 999

Dr Steven Dykes, at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “The sooner the symptoms are recognised and an ambulance is called, the quicker the person will receive the early treatment they need to increase their chance of survival and improve their chance of making a full recovery. The FAST test can be carried out by anyone and is a really effective way of spotting the typical signs of a stroke.”