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  • DON'T HESITATE TO CALL 999 IF YOU SEE SIGNS OF A STROKE SAYS MP

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has responded to an appeal from the Stroke Association to urge his constituents to call 999 if they see the signs of a stroke. The plea follows reports from hospitals across England that there has been a large reduction in the number of stroke patients, with A&E and stroke wards much quieter than usual. Reports suggest that people are reluctant to call 999 either to avoid being a burden to the NHS or fearing contact with the virus in hospital. 

    Mr Stride said:

    "A stroke is a serious medical emergency and the quicker someone begins to be treated the better their chances of making a good recovery. Failing to dial 999 when you should might lead to an unnecessary death or a long-term disability. Our NHS has not been overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to have the capacity to treat emergencies."

    The main symptoms of stroke are someone's speech - it may be slurred, the person may not be able to talk at all or have problems understanding what you're saying, their face - it may have dropped on one side or they might not be able to smile, and their arms - the person may not be able to lift both arms because of weakness or numbness in one arm.  







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