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What to do while you wait for an ambulance

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone else shows the signs of stroke, call 000 immediately.

While you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive:

  • If the person is conscious, lay them down on their side with their head slightly raised and supported.
  • Do not give them anything to eat or drink.
  • Loosen any restrictive clothing that could cause breathing difficulties.
  • If weakness is obvious in any limb, support it and avoid pulling on it when moving the person.
  • If they are unconscious, check their breathing and pulse and put them on their side. If they do not have a pulse or are not breathing, start CPR straight away.
  • If you are unsure how to perform CPR, the ambulance call taker will give instructions over the phone.