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Do you know the signs of a stroke?


A campaign by Public Health England that aims to educate people on the signs of a stroke has released a series of films to raise awareness of what to do when you see a person having a stroke.

The films feature celebrities and stroke survivors, healthcare professionals and a psychologist, highlighting why people need to act FAST and call 999 if they notice any of the key signs of a stroke.


  • 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 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke

New statistics reveal that a stroke kills over 40,000 people a year and almost two thirds leave hospital with a disability. With over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, the new Act FAST films are encouraging everyone – whether they are a stranger in the street, a family member at home or the person themselves – not to ignore the key symptoms and to call 999 immediately if they notice even one of them.

Radio DJ Mark Goodier, who had a stroke last November, tells how he lost the feeling in one side of his face and how his family recognised the signs so called 999 immediately. Because of their fast reaction, he was treated quickly and three months later, Mark is recovering well and returned to work this month (February). Mark wants to highlight the vital role anyone can play in helping to save lives or preventing severe disability.

Presenter and journalist, Anna Richardson, shares the story of her father who had a stroke a few years ago. He was unable to make the call himself but was able to contact a neighbour who immediately recognised the symptoms and called 999. Again his neighbour’s fast response meant Anna’s father recovered quickly and avoided permanent disability.

Getting appropriate treatment can reduce the amount of brain damage and ensure a better chance of making a good recovery.

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