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Suspect a stroke? Think FAST!

The main aim of the FAST campaign is to help people recognise the symptoms of a stroke - and to Think FAST!

With over 12,000 people in Scotland having a stroke every year, it is essential that people can recognise a stroke when it's happening and take prompt action.

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Download our FAST app

Use the FAST test to recognise a stroke in its earliest stages. Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and the University of Edinburgh have developed this iPhone and Android App to teach you about the FAST test and take you through the steps before calling for help.

Download the iPhone version here

Download the Android version here

Pharmacy FAST campaign launch

Suspect a stroke? Pharmacies think FAST!

Community Pharmacies are joining the FAST campaign to help people recognise a stroke – and to act fast.

The main aim of the Think FAST & Save a Life campaign is to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke.

With over 12,000 people in Scotland having a stroke every year, it is essential that people can recognise a stroke when it's happening and take prompt action.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

To help people recognise the symptoms of stroke quickly, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is promoting FAST - the Face Arm Speech Test - which is used by paramedics to diagnose stroke prior to a person being admitted to hospital. By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, it is possible for appropriate referral to a stroke unit to be made as quickly as possible.


FAST requires an assessment of three specific symptoms of stroke.

  • Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  • Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
  • Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  • Time to call 999

If someone has failed any of these tests it is crucial to call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need. Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.

How are Community Pharmacies involved?

The Community Pharmacy FAST Campaign, includes window poster displays and the distribution of small wallet cards.

The cards which alert people on what to look out for and when to dial 999, will be placed inside prescription bags for certain patients who receive statins, warfarin, digoxin, blood pressure tablets and aspirin.

FAST campaign resources

There is a poster and leaflet which aim to increase awareness of the Think FAST! campaign as well as a small card that can be stored in your wallet.

See Related Documents - right, for campaign resources. (You can save these PDFs to your computer. If printing, the wallet card should be set at 75% to get correct size.)

To order Think FAST! posters, leaflets and wallet cards phone 0131 225 6963


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