National Stroke Week April 2012

Date Posted: 17.04.2012

The Mother’s Union, based in Dublin and with 24 groups nationwide is running Act FAST awareness campaigns to educate its almost 10,000 members on how to spot the signs of a stroke.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service is holding Act FAST campaigns in its six centres all over Ireland.

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament based in Fairview is holding their Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday the 19th of April, committee members will then spread the FAST message amongst their different affiliated Older Persons Organisations around Ireland.

28 Hickey's Pharmacies are running Act FAST campaigns around the country, leaflets are available in store, please ask staff for more information.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is running awareness campaigns in their six centres nationwide.

The Cavan Institute in Cavan Town is holding an Act FAST campaign to teach the students and the public how to spot the signs of a stroke. Cavan-based paramedic Eamonn Farrelly is also running an education campaign for his colleagues in Dublin and North Leinster.


Stroke survivor - Colin Still - is running a community awareness campaign in Ennis and for the second year the Ennis Leisure Complex is be running an Act FAST campaign to teach the public the signs of stroke, information leaflets are available from the front desk.


There will be a number of Act FAST stroke awareness campaigns taking place across Cork City and county for National Stroke Week. The North Cork Stroke Support Group and its members are heading up a campaign in Mallow to teach the public the signs of stroke. The newly opened Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Assessment & Treatment Centre, St. Finbarr's Hospital is holding a stroke information event on Wednesday the 18th of April. In addition to information stands and presentations the team is doing blood pressure and cholesterol checks for the public.

School campaigns are underway in Kimagner National School in Fermoy, Cullen National School in Mallow, Gaelscoil CionntaSaile in Kinsale and Presentation Convent, Bandon.

GE healthcare, Carrigtwohill, VMware, Ballincollig and the Health Information and Quality Authority, Mahon, are running workplace and community awareness campaigns from their offices. Community campaigns will also take place in Bishopstown on the 18th of April and in Youghal.


The Letterkenny General Hospital stroke team has an information stand in the hospital reception between 1-4pm on Wednesday the 18th of April, FAST information leaflets will be available on the day. The Drumfad National School in Kerrykeel is running an Act FAST awareness campaign to teach students and parents about the signs of stroke.


Stroke teams in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and the Mater Hospital have information stands running for stroke week. Experts will be on hand in the Mater Hospital on the morning of Wednesday the 18th of April to teach people how to spot the signs of a stroke and how to prevent a stroke.

The Health Information and Quality Authority and the Property Registration Authority, both in Dublin 7, and Arvato Finance in Fairview are running workplace Act FAST campaigns to educate their staff on spotting the signs of a stroke. The staff of Arena Fitness & Health in the Grand Hotel Malahide are sporting Act FAST t shirts in work for the week, information is available from the reception. Finally, Kilcoshan National School in The Ward, Co. Dublin is running a campaign to teach the students the signs of stoke.

There are a number of Act FAST stroke awareness campaigns taking place across South Dublin for National Stroke Week. The stroke team in Tallaght Hospital have an information stand in the main atrium of the hospital on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th from 9am to12 midday. The stroke team also have an information stand in the Square Shopping Centre (opposite Dunnes Stores/Lifestyle Sports) from 9am to 12 midday on Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of April. Please come along and ask these experts about stroke, its signs and how to prevent it.

Other hospitals running stroke awareness campaigns for the week include, Peamount Hospital, Newcastle, Baggot St Community Hospital, St. James’ Hospital, St. Columcille’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital, Royal Hospital Donnybrook, and the Blackrock Clinic. Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross has a stroke information stand in the restaurant on Tuesday the 17th from 12.45-1.45pm.

The South Dublin Volunteer Stroke Scheme is running Act FAST campaign in Nutgrove Shopping Centre on the Tuesday the 17th and in Crumlin Shopping Centre on Thursday the 19th of April. Physiotherapy students in UCD are running an Act FAST campaign in the UCD campus for stroke week. Stroke survivor Rachael Ahern –who knows firsthand the importance of acting FAST – is blanketing her community in Stepaside and her workplace with FAST materials.

Workplace Act FAST campaigns are taking place in Baxter Healthcare, Deansgrange, Smurfit Kappa, Walkinsotwn, The Slievemoore Clinic, Stillorgan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, ChildFund Ireland and Euromedic Ireland’s head office and their three centres in Santry, Dundrum and Charlemount.


The stroke team in University Hospital Galway is holding a stroke information stand in the main foyer of the hospital on Wednesday the 18th from 9am to 4pm. Hewlett Packard in Ballybrit and Aspect Software in Dangan are running workplace campaigns to educate their staff on how to spot the signs of a stroke.


Local groups, schools and businesses around Kerry are running awareness events for National Stroke Week. The Kerry Stroke Support is holding an information evening in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday the 18th of April at 7.30pm. Dr. John McManus, consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine in Kerry General Hospital is giving a presentation on “Stroke – What it is and how can I avoid one?” all are welcome and admission is free.

The stroke team in Kerry General Hospital is launching its new thrombolysis service on Monday the 16th of April at 11am.

School campaigns are underway in Scoil Naisuinta an Clochán and Listellick National School in Tralee and a community campaign is taking place in Cuil Didin Residential and Nursing Care in Tralee. Ahern’s Pharmacy in Killarney is running an awareness campaign for their customers and has materials available for the public.

There are a number of events taking place around Kildare to mark National Stroke Week. Stroke survivor and Clane native, Aisling Macken, knows the importance of prompt action first hand and is canvassing her local community to raise awareness to the signs of stroke. The Stoke team in Naas General Hospital is running a series of events to mark stroke week and to highlight the Act FAST message.

The Irish Wheelchair Association, Clane and the Kildare branch of the Irish Red Cross, Naas, are running community awareness campaigns throughout the week. Athy International Concentrates and Pfizer Ireland in Newbridge are running a workplace campaign to educate their staff on spotting the signs of a stroke and acting FAST. And finally, Rye’s Pharmacy in Leixlip is running an awareness campaign for their customers and has materials available for the public.


Naomh Pius X National School in Portlaoise is running an Act FAST campaign in the school during National Stoke Week will teach the students how to spot the signs of a stroke.


Fatima National School in Carrick-on-Shannon is running an Act FAST campaign in the school during National Stoke Week will teach the students how to spot the signs of a stroke.


The Limerick Stroke Support Group is running an Act FAST campaign in Limerick City throughout stroke week, the group will be in Limerick Hospital on Tuesday the 17th of April. The FÁS Training Centre in Raheen, Pfizer Nutritional Ireland in Askeaton and Vistakon (Johnson & Johnson) in Limerick City are running awareness campaigns to educate their staff on the sign of stroke.

Home Instead Community Services in Limerick City are also running a FAST campaign in Superquinn Store in Castleroy, Limerick on Tuesday the 17th from 2.00-4.30pm. And Finally, Foynes Pharmacy in Foynes is running an awareness campaign for their customers and has materials available for the public.


The Louth Hospital group are running two events in Drogheda and Dundalk for National Stroke Week. On the morning of Thursday 19th April an information stand manned by health promotion and relevant health care workers is in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Then from 3pm to 7pm the health promotion and the stroke rehabilitation team from Louth County Hospital will hold an information stand in the Marshes shopping centre in Dundalk.


The Mayo Stroke Support Group based in Ballina is running an Act FAST campaign to teach the public the signs of stroke. Community campaigns are also taking place Castlebar and Claremorris – run by the Irish Red Cross, Mayo.


MDI Medical in Kells and the Energy Centre in Duleek are running workplace act FAST campaigns to educate their staff on how to spot the signs of stroke.


Fahy’s Pharmacy in Tullamore is running an act FAST awareness campaign for their customers and has materials available for the public.


The North West Stroke Support Group is running an Act FAST stroke awareness campaign in Sligo town for stroke week. The Charlestown Active

The Stroke Team in the South Tipperary General Hospital will be running an Act FAST awareness campaign in the hospital. The Clonmel Stroke Support Group, the Order of Malta and members of the hospital stroke team have an information stand and free blood pressure checks in the Showground Shopping Centre (beside Sam McCauley’s Chemist) on the afternoon of Thursday the 19th of April – so come along for advice on stroke prevention and to learn how to spot the signs of a stroke.


The Irish Red Cross Waterford branch is running a community Act FAST campaign in Waterford City for stroke week.


Donard National School in Enniscorthy is running an Act FAST campaign in the school during National Stoke Week and will teach the students how to spot the signs of a stroke. First Choice Pharmacy and Fortune’s Pharmacy, both in Wexford town, are running act FAST awareness campaigns for their customers and have materials available for the public. Fortune’s Pharmacy staff will be on hand to explain more about stroke risk factors and will be offering FREE blood pressure checks all week.


St. Colman’s Hospital in Rathdrum is running a week long information stand for national stoke week, information leaflets on how to spot the signs of a stroke are available for the public. Aldrich Pharmaceuticals in Arklow and Takeda Ireland in Bray are running workplace act FAST campaigns to educate their staff on how to spot the signs of stroke.



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