STAFF from Basildon Hospital’s Hyper Acute Stroke unit marked World Stroke Day recently with a vital refresher study session on how to spot the signs of a stroke.
More than sixty staff from different clinical teams including physiotherapists, specialist stroke nurses and speech and language therapists attended to discuss the importance of identifying the signs of a stroke early, how to help a stroke patient and how to educate others on how to prevent a stroke.
A stroke is a serious life threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can happen to anyone at any time and is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death. World Stroke Day sets out to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of this condition and how to support patients with their recovery.
Stroke speciality doctor at Basildon Hospital Dr Jayakumar Jagadeesan explained:
“Our study day was an important event to highlight the seriousness of this condition and was an opportunity to remind our staff that fast access to treatment saves lives and improves recovery. World Stroke Day brings global attention to the need for all of us to take action and prevent our own risk of stroke.”
You can learn more about how to spot the symptoms of a Stroke by using the FAST method:
Visit www.nhs.uk and search for Stroke for more information.