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GeneralMar 10, 2021

The power of physiotherapy wins plaudits in Public Health England's stroke awareness campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has praised the power of physiotherapy in a publicity drive encouraging the public to act swiftly if someone might be having a stroke.

Backed by the Stroke Association – and amid concerns that people’s responses to stroke might have waned after Covid-19 grabbed the nation’s attention – PHE has re-launched the Act F.A.S.T. campaign.

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Calling 999 brought a swift response in a case study involving 'intense physiotherapy'

F.A.S.T. stands for:

  • face: has the person’s face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • arms: can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
  • speech: is their speech slurred?       
  • time: time to call 999 – are they having speech difficulties?

Case study: Adrian Day's 'intense physiotherapy'

A case study featuring Adrian Day, a 61-year-old man from Warrington in Cheshire, was released by PHE on 9 March as it launched the awareness campaign. Mr Day had a stroke ...


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