Event bid to improve awareness of stroke

The Early Supported Discharge Team is holding the Life After Stroke Event at Blackpool Vic.
The Early Supported Discharge Team is holding the Life After Stroke Event at Blackpool Vic.
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A Blackpool health care team is holding a fund-raising event in a bid to raise awareness about strokes.

The early supported discharge team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding an open day, or Life After Stroke event, to offer stroke patients and their families and friends information about the condition.

At the same time, money will be raised to support the trust’s charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

Speech and language therapist Nicola Wilson said: “We’re hoping this will be an informative event and give the chance for people to have fun while finding out useful health advice.

“There will be stands from local stroke supporters and also entertainment-based stands for all.

“The whole team is really excited. It is the first event like this that we’ve organised so it should be fun. We hope to raise as much money as we can and have been spreading the word about the event.”

The event will take place on May 17 at Rossall School from 1pm-3pm. Tickets are £2, available on the door.

Anyone who wants a stand at the open day should call (01253) 655155 or email esd.stroke@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk.

Stroke – the warning signs to look for...

The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person but usually begin suddenly.

The face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped

The person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness

Their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake

If you see any of these symptoms, or suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

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