Stroke prevention day in Exmouth
EXMOUTH S ambulance service and the Stroke Association have teamed to reduce the numbers of strokes.
EXMOUTH'S ambulance service and the Stroke Association have teamed to reduce the numbers of strokes.
Every five minutes in the UK someone experiences a stroke.
South Western Ambulance Service, based at Liverton Business Park, and the association are combating high blood pressure, the single biggest risk factor for stroke.
On Saturday 17th April 2010 the Trust are organising almost 30 'Know Your Blood Pressure' events across the South West- including Exmouth - where members of the public can have their blood pressure checked for free by a health professional.
Adrian South, Deputy Clinical Director, who first developed the idea for the joint campaign last year said: "Following the success of the first pilot events last year, with almost 2000 members of the public taking part, it is fantastic that ambulance services from across the UK are now supporting the campaign to make it a national success. In the South West over 150 of our staff, Community Responders and staff from partner NHS Trusts have volunteered to support the campaign this year, to help identify those in their local community who may be at risk of experiencing a stroke."
For more information go to; www.swast.nhs.uk/kybp