Ambulances to carry Act FAST billboard

An initiative is being rolled out by the Healh Service Executive to reduce the number of deaths associated with strokes.

An initiative is being rolled out by the Healh Service Executive to reduce the number of deaths associated with strokes.

As part of a new public-awareness campaign, an emergency ambulance based at the Mid Western Regional Hospital has been adapted to carry a billboard type sign on the side.

The sign, will carry information as part of the Act FAST campaign on stroke warning signs.

“The FAST campaign has had a huge life-saving and quality-of-life impact in every corner of Ireland,” said Chris Macey of the Irish Heart Foundation.

Actor Jim Bartley, who himself suffered a stroke several years ago is supporting the initiative,

“The thing about stroke is that it can happen to anyone at any time. I had my stroke while reading scripts. I started to get a strange feeling and my right arm started to go numb and when I tried to read, the letters kept jumping on the page. I was lucky and got to hospital on time but everyone, no matter what age, needs to know the FAST signs of stroke because it could save your life or the life of someone you know,” he said.

For more information on stroke symptoms, treatment or support log onto www.stroke.ie or Lo-call 1890 432 787.