Pennine Acute Trust to host stroke talk – Tuesday 19 April

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Pennine Acute Trust to host stroke talk – Tuesday 19 April
13 April 2016

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting staff, patients, the public and its members to attend a free Stroke Talk at the Education Centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital on Tuesday 19th April, from 3–4pm

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.  It is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is essential as the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK and the single most common cause of severe disability.  Every year over 150,000 people have a stroke and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. 

Smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise and a poor diet are also risk factors for stroke. Also, conditions that affect the circulation of the blood, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) and diabetes, increase your risk of having a stroke.

Dr Sarita Sochart, consultant  physician, at The Royal Oldham Hospital, who will be giving the talk, will explain about stroke, the services and treatments available, and about lifestyle measures that can be taken to prevent strokes and mini-strokes.

She said: “Stroke is an acute medical emergency.  If you have any of the FAST symptoms you need to ring 999 because Time is Brain; the need for urgent recognition of a 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 a person fails any of these tests, 999 should be called immediately.”

The event is free and is one of a series of Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and services. To book a place contact 01706 517302 or ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk