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Public Health England in partnership with NHS England and Improvement have relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign across national channels. The campaign is designed to inform the public about the signs of a stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.

Tuesday 9th March, is the PR launch for the campaign with campaign messages being supported across TV advertising, broadcast video on demand (catch up TV), radio, social media, as well as PR, alongside tailored and translated communications for ethnic minority communities. The campaign is running until early May, creating lots of opportunities to get involved.

We have launched an updated Act F.A.S.T. campaign as stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK – and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than expected).

The campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’  (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to 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

To support your activity, campaign resources can be downloaded now from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre (CRC):

New assets will be added, including translated assets and accessible formats (such as British Sign Language), so do keep checking the page.
 
The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving and reducing long-term disability

Best wishes,

PHE Partnerships Team

Please find information about the LIVEWELL SCHOOL NURSING SERVICE below:

What can we help with? Sexual health advice, healthy eating, immunisations, emotional problems, bullying, general health, worries, health development, drugs smoking & alcohol, self-esteem, stress, pregnancy, domestic abuse, peer pressure and family problems.

Contact: 01752 434008 (If we can’t talk to you immediately, you can leave a message and we can call you back). livewell.phnadminhub@nhs.net ChatHealth offers confidential help and advice via text messaging for parents and carers of 0-19 years and for young people aged 11-19yrs. ChatHealth is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and automatic replies will be sent to messages received out of these hours. The ChatHealth service will be managed by Health Visitors and School Nurses who have received additional ChatHealth training.

The mobile numbers are:  Livewell ChatHealth 0-5 years Parents Service - 07480 635188  Livewell ChatHealth 5-19 years Parents Service - 07480 635189  Livewell ChatHealth 11-19 years Young Peoples Service - 07480 635198

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