FAST tool for stroke and TIA
Last edited 06/2019 and last reviewed 03/2020
The FAST test
This is a tool to raise the awareness of a possible stroke - recognising the signs of stroke or mini-stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. The quicker a patient arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment and the more likely they are to make a better recovery. If you suspect a stroke, always dial 999.
The FAST test is outlined below.
Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
Time: If you see any one of these three signs, it's TIME to call 999. Stroke is always a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.