Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

Radio DJ Kev Seed praises F.A.S.T. stroke awareness campaign following Aintree Hospital treatment

Radio and veteran DJ Kev Seed, who was recently treated at Aintree hospital, has told of how the F.A.S.T. stroke awareness campaign saved his life.

The annual campaign, which launched on February 2, aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and encourage people who recognise the symptom of stroke to call 999 immediately.

Kev suffered a stroke in July 2016 while dining in a restaurant with his girlfriend Vicki, when he fell ill. She had seen the F.A.S.T. adverts on TV, recognised the symptoms, and immediately called an ambulance.

Kev was rushed to Aintree University Hospital where he underwent treatment and rehabilitation with the hospital’s specialist stroke team.

Kev, 48, from West Derby, who now presents on Wirral FM, said: “My girlfriend noticed that my face had dropped on one side and knew I had to get to a hospital fast. She probably saved my life and definitely helped my recovery!”

He added: “Act straightaway if you think it might be a stroke, even if you are unsure. Don’t take a chance.”

Dr Claire Cullen, Stroke Clinical director at Aintree who treated Kev said: “Every second counts with stroke and the sooner somebody who is having a stroke gets urgent medical attention, the better their chances of a good recovery. If you think someone is showing signs of having a stroke, don’t wait, call an ambulance immediately. You may save their life.”

The FAST campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999: 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???and Time to call 999

Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.

Approximately 110,000 people have a stroke each year in England. It is the third largest, cause of death, and the largest cause of complex disability; over half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability.

Kev Seed has worked at many regional radio stations including Rock FM, Juice FM, Wish FM and Wirral Radio. The Kev Seed Breakfast Show ran for over 12 years on Radio City. He was also a resident DJ at several of the region’s biggest clubs.

The Stroke Association: Take a Moment… Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign

Through March and April 2016, the Stroke Association are raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

On 1 March the Stroke Association launched the Take a Moment campaign. They will be asking people to take a moment to order a free blood pressure information pack – by downloading the pack they will be taking the first step in preventing stroke. 

The pack provides information about the link between high blood pressure and stroke, details about where to get a blood pressure check and tips on how to maintain good blood pressure control.

High blood pressure can affect anyone of any age and often has no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure tested.

Take a moment to get your blood pressure tested in order to enjoy more moments doing what you love, with the people you love.

Blood pressure testing is quick, easy and painless and you don’t need to book an appointment with your GP to get yours tested.

The free information pack is available to download from their website at www.stroke.org.uk/moments.