Study in to why stroke victims don’t call 999

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A pilot study investigating why Sheffielders are less likely to call 999 after experiencing stroke symptoms is set to start in July.

The Stroke Awareness and Response to Symptoms – or STARS – project will be run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to investigate possible psychological barriers which prevent stroke victims from phoning for an ambulance immediately.

Last year nearly 1,000 people were admitted to Sheffield hospitals with strokes, but many arrive too late to benefit from emergency treatment.

The STARS research is the first large-scale study of its type in the UK.

Sheffield-based neurology consultant Marc Randall said: “Stroke is one of the single largest causes of death, but we believe people in South Yorkshire are less likely to seek help early. This might be because they have a reputation for being stoic and soldiering on regardless.

“We’ll be asking patients why they didn’t call 999 as soon as they started experiencing stroke symptoms.”

n The Hallamshire Hospital’s stroke team and Stroke Association will be offering blood pressure checks and advice at the hospital’s B Floor main entrance next Tuesday, May 28, from 11am to 3pm.