Is it a stroke? Check it out the FAST way!

Call 111 immediately if you suspect a stroke!

The FAST campaign encourages New Zealanders to learn the key signs of stroke and to act fast by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save lives, improve recovery and reduce ongoing costs from stroke to families, caregivers and the health services. It is vital to recognise when someone is having a stroke and to start treatment as soon as possible, because the sooner medical treatment begins, the more likely brain damage can be reduced and a better outcome achieved.

What are the signs of stroke?

The signs and symptoms of stroke usually come on suddenly. The type of signs experienced will depend on what area of the brain is affected.

Common first signs of stroke include:

  • Sudden weakness and/or numbness of face, arm and/or leg especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying
  • Sudden loss of balance or an unexplained fall or difficulty controlling movements, especially with any of the other signs

How can you tell if someone is having a stroke?

By learning to recognise the symptoms of stroke you could save a life! Learn the FAST check.

FACE – Is their face drooping on one side? Can they smile?
ARM – Is one arm weak? Can they raise both arms?
SPEECH – Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can they speak at all?
TIME – Time is critical. Call 111.

Stroke is always a Medical Emergency – Act FAST

Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain you should call 111 immediately.

For more information about strokes, visit the Stroke Foundation’s web-site: – you can also support their wonderful work by donating.

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Help us save lives and improve outcomes

The Stroke Foundation relies on donations, grants, sponsors and bequests to maintain its work. Your donation will help support and extend our work to:

  • improve awareness of risk factors and ways to reduce stroke incidence
  • increase people’s ability to recognize and respond to the onset of a stroke
  • provide information and resources for stroke survivors, their families and carers
  • improve access to effective medical treatment.

All donations are gratefully received by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand.

You can easily donate in the following ways:

  • Directly via Internet Banking

Registered Name: Stroke Foundation of New Zealand
Account Number: 02 1269 0023111 01
NB: Please quote Supporter No/ Surname/ Street Address as reference.


  • Securely Online via Credit Card

Simply click on the Donate Now button above.

Please note:

  • The name that will appear on your statement will be Stroke Foundation NZ.
  • Your account will be charged in NZ dollars (NZD).
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  • Stroke Foundation of New Zealand is a registered charity with the Charities Commission. Our membership number is CC49490
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