NSLHD News September 12 - FINAL

F.A.S.T. heroes on a mission to raise awareness about the first signs of stroke National Stroke Week (2–8 September 2019) is the Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign, urging Australians to recognise the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke to call an ambulance, thereby potentially saving a life. Staff across the district held a number of stalls at hospital site to spread the word about the F.A.S.T. test. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions: • Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?

Ryde Hospital’s F.A.S.T heroes spreading the word about stroke awareness in the main foyer of the hospital

• Arms Can they lift both arms?

• Speech Is their speech

slurred? Do they understand you?

• Time Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away. This year, we’re calling all those individuals who recognise the signs of stroke F.A.S.T. Heroes. Stroke can impact anyone of any age, with more than 80 per cent of strokes showing at least one of the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke.

RNSH staff in the main foyer are ready to fight stroke

Steptember update

More than steps

Did you know you can convert other physical activities into steps? Download the Steptember app and register your physical activity, including swimming, bike rides and many others and the app will automatically convert it into steps.

NDLHD is setting a great pace in this year’s Steptember challenge. We have 251 teams registered and our district has raised more than $36,000. We are holding the second spot Australia-wide for funds raised and the total step counts with 50,588,082 steps.


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