17 May 2017

Stroke specialists to give advice to members of the public


Members of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Strokes Services team will be giving out advice to members of the public as part of Stroke Awareness Day.

The stroke team will be in the main foyer of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Wednesday, May 17th, 2-5pm, giving out information, taking blood pressures, talking to people about the Sheffield Stroke Service and providing advice on how to prevent strokes and what to do if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

Stroke is the UK’s fourth biggest killer and one of the main causes of disability. It is caused when part of the blood supply to the brain is shut off, due to a blockage or a bleed.

Amanda Jones, the Clinical Lead for Stroke Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We want to raise the public’s awareness of stroke and the risk factors, so please come along to find out more.

“In Sheffield we are fortunate to be able to deliver cutting-edge treatments which can make a significant difference to patient recovery and outcomes, but these produce the best outcomes if performed as soon as possible after the stroke has happened, so it is important that people know what to do if they suspect someone is having a stroke.”

If you think someone is having a stroke, you need to act FAST and call 999. The signs are: Facial weakness (can the person smile?); Arm weakness (can they lift both arms?); Speech problems (can they speak clearly?). Time to call 999 if they have any of these symptoms.

You can download a small leaflet about acting FAST here
 



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