You will have seen stroke mentioned in the media recently, as it seems that people showing signs of stroke are avoiding hospitals. Even daily government briefings have drawn attention to the need for us to continue treating stroke as a medical emergency.
The number of people attending Accident and Emergency departments has been down by over 50% in recent weeks. Worryingly, hospitals tell us they are seeing fewer stroke patients.
Stroke still strikes every five minutes in the UK, changing lives in an instant. Getting to hospital quickly has a significant impact on a person’s chances of recovery. Any delay in treatment can affect the severity of the sometimes life-long disability and can even result in death.
The coronavirus crisis has not changed this. It is important that stroke remains front of mind, now more than ever.
We’ve been working closely with the NHS to relieve pressure on their already stretched resources. We know that stroke survivors are being discharged from hospital beds sooner. We are working alongside the NHS to make sure those who leave hospital have the vital information they need and can continue to access support once they are at home.
At a time when stroke survivors and families need us more than ever, we’re facing a devastating loss of funds. As the coronavirus crisis goes on, our charitable income continues to fall. Our ability to ensure people remain aware of stroke and can continue to be supported by us is under severe strain.
Can you help?
We are asking brands and organisations with upcoming television or radio advertising space to consider donating airtime to us, whether that’s just one slot or ten. Together we can continue to raise awareness of stroke. Work with us so that we can give every stroke survivor – and our NHS – the support they desperately need to make it through this difficult time.
Contact us on email@example.com or via the form below if you have advertising space that you could donate, we will get back you to as soon as possible. We’re all in this together.