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What to do while you wait for an ambulance

What to do while you wait for the ambulance

  • 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.

If you think someone is having a stroke call 000