Stroke is always an emergency

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On behalf of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, we want to provide you with an update on the F.A.S.T. campaign. The Stroke Foundation is now running the F.A.S.T. Campaign 2020 on television and social media.

The FAST Campaign 2020 is a reminder to people that stroke is always an emergency.

Think FAST, act FAST and calling 111 is still the best action to take if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Even during the current Covid-19 pandemic lockdown restrictions. Evidence from overseas show a drop in the number of people presenting with stroke to emergency departments has coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a huge concern and something we want to avoid in Aotearoa since recovery after stroke is highly dependent on receiving timely treatment.  

The Stroke Foundation will continue its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency to progress the National Stroke F.A.S.T. Campaign that is now scheduled for April 2021. We encourage you all to please share the link to the TV Ad to raise awareness and encourage our communities to Think FAST Act FAST and keep looking out for each other.

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