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Stroke a medical emergency

7th September 2005

The Stroke Association will be launching its autumn campaign 'Stroke is a Medical Emergency' on the 6th October.

The 18-month campaign will highlight the necessity of an emergency response to stroke by health professionals and the public alike, and raise awareness on how to recognise the signs of the condition.

A report will also be launched with the campaign entitled 'What's the Emergency?' detailing the failings in the emergency response to stroke, and the results of a nationwide survey into the extent to which stroke is considered a medical emergency.

Each year over 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Of all people who suffer from a stroke, about a third are likely to die within the first ten days, and about a third are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation. Stroke has a greater disability impact than any other medical condition.

To discuss this issue further, on October 12th the inaugural Duke of Kent Lecture will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons. The lecture will discuss why stroke needs to be treated as a medical emergency and how policy and organisational change can save lives and prevent long-term disability.

Speakers will include: The Duke of Kent, Chairman of The Stroke Association Professor Averil Mansfield, Director of Communications at The Stroke Association Joe Korner and Director of the UK Stroke Research Network and stroke physician Professor Gary Ford.