Think fast to catch stroke symptoms

Stroke team nurses at CRH: Jackie Wilkinson, left, and Geisla Patrick
Stroke team nurses at CRH: Jackie Wilkinson, left, and Geisla Patrick
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HOSPITAL stroke experts have backed a hard-hitting campaign to raise awareness of the killer condition.

A TV campaign has begun with the message to act FAST as a stroke is a medical emergency and urging people to be aware of the symptoms.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust acute stroke care team, from the left, back researcher Christopher Button, doctors Pratap Rana and Irfan Shakir, and front from the left, Jackie Wilkinson, Geisla Patrick, healthcare assistant Carol Johnson and staff nurse Amy Pounder

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust acute stroke care team, from the left, back researcher Christopher Button, doctors Pratap Rana and Irfan Shakir, and front from the left, Jackie Wilkinson, Geisla Patrick, healthcare assistant Carol Johnson and staff nurse Amy Pounder

The stroke team at Calderdale Royal Hospital diagnose patients as soon as spossible to make sure they get the care they need - either through clot-busting injections or on the specialist stroke ward.

Nurse Jackie Wilkinson said: “Awareness is improving, yet we are still receiving patients who tell us they have had their symptoms for up to two days, thinking they will go away or that they don’t want to bother people.

“We do want people to come in more quickly.

“We are here to help and the quickest way to get our help is to dial 999 straight away.

“Paramedic staff then warn us in advance that a possible stroke patient is on the way.

“The crucial time-saving can improve outcomes greatly,” she said.

“People seem to remember the advert so it is working well but more people need to be more aware too.”

The Trust’s specialist stroke centre at CRH sees up to 60 new patients a month.