A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ caused by a disturbance of the blood supply to the brain.
Know the signs
Only a hospital test can confirm a stroke for sure, but it’s important to know the signs, and be able to respond quickly, if you suspect someone is having a stroke. The national campaign ‘Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.’ helps you to know what to look for:
Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs
By calling 999, you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need.
Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery.
Delay can result in death or major long-term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.
When you come into A&E at any of our hospitals you will be quickly seen and treated, and admitted to hospital if needed.
The services we offer
The Southern Trust offers a range of services for people who have suffered a stroke providing both treatment and rehabilitation. These include hospital and community based services.
Types of Stroke
There are two main types of stroke, which require different types of treatment:
The most common form of stroke. It is caused by a clot narrowing or blocking blood vessels so that blood cannot reach a particular area of the brain. This leads to the death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen.
Caused when a weakened blood vessel in the brain bursts. This produces bleeding into the brain, which leads to damage.