Gordon has joined several stroke survivors to hear their personal stories at a special event at the Solaris Centre to mark “World Stroke Day.
The day was organised by the Stroke Association and saw survivors from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area share their own experiences of recovering from the condition.
Gordon said: “Across Blackpool, we have almost 4,000 stroke survivors and it was really insightful and inspiring to hear at first hand the personal stories of people like Lisa and Kate, and the recoveries they went onto make after falling ill.
“We have a good record in Blackpool of getting people admitted to a stroke unit within four hours of arriving at a hospital. However there is still more we can do after they have been discharged to ensure they have the best possible recoveries and I will continue to make this point both locally and nationally in Parliament.”
Talking to Sam Lord, Life after Stroke Coordinator for Blackpool, Gordon learnt about the Stroke Association’s “Act FAST” campaign, which explains to people how to recognise the signs of a stroke.
A stroke, which is the leading cause of severe adult disability, is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. They can be recognised with the following signs:
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?
If you see any one of these three signs in someone, it’s TIME to call 999.
To watch the Act FAST campaign go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYHaSyN5eeg .
The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in the town in partnership with the Blackpool Council and Blackpool CCG.