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Thursday 22 August 2019
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FAST - recognising a stroke

Recognising a Stroke

Stroke occurs suddenly and usually without any warning. Common symptoms include weakness of the face on one side, difficulty with speech, or weakness in the arm, or arm and leg, on one side.


This is the basis of the FAST test:

Face weakness

Arm weakness

Speech disturbance

Time to dial 999


If you suspect that someone has had a stroke, dial 999.


Click the play button below to watch the TV advert showing the importance of acting F.A.S.T.


Stroke - Know the signs - Act F.A.S.T.



Paramedics in Greater Manchester are trained to recognise the symptoms of stroke. If they think that someone has had a stroke within the last 4 hours, they will take them immediately to the nearest open Primary Stroke Centre (Fairfield or Stockport) or to the Comprehensive Stroke Centre in Salford.


Primary Stroke Centres

The Primary Stroke Centres take patients acutely between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday including Bank Holidays from their local areas.  


Comprehensive Stroke Centre

The Comprehensive Stroke Centre (CSC) in Salford takes patients with acute stroke at any time from its local area (west Manchester) and from across the city at nights and weekends.