A campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting a stroke victim to hospital is to be re-run.
Originally launched in February 2009, the Act Fast campaign will now be re-run for the first three weeks of March after recent research found there has been a substantial drop in awareness in recent months.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving and reducing long-term disability. The Act FAST campaign is an effective campaign to help improve stroke outcomes – in the campaign’s first four months alone stroke related calls to the ambulance service increased by more than 55 per cent.
“As part of our wider strategy to improve outcomes for stroke, re-running this campaign will save lives.”
A stroke occurs when there is a loss of brain function due to a blood clot or bleed in the brain.
The advert prompts people suspecting a person has had a stroke to ACT Fast and dial 999 should they spot any symptoms.
For more information on the Act F.A.S.T. campaign visit www.nhs.uk/actfast