FAST

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Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Please could you provide me with the following information.
1. What medical assessment tool is used to confirm patients are suffering with a stroke?
2. What is the clinical research for the use of this tool?
3. How many calls for a suspected stroke does the trust receive a year?
4.What date did the trust first start using the FAST tool?
5. How many FAST assessments are carried out per year?

Yours faithfully,

Liam Webb

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Liam Webb

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding strokes which we
received on 17 October 2013.

 

We will deal with this request in accordance with your right of access to
information we hold under the Freedom of Information Act and I attach a
leaflet containing further information about both your rights and our
obligations under this legislation. You will see from this that we are not
obliged to generate information we do not already hold in order to provide
what we are asked for, such as by collating data or formulating direct
answers to questions, but you are entitled to receive copies of records
(or extracts from them) that contain the information you have requested.

 

We will research the information you have requested and we will respond
providing what we hold no later than 14 November 2013 in accordance with
the timescales set by the Act.

 

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a) We are unable to provide you with any of the information you have
requested, and explain the reason for this; and

b) Any fee that is payable for the information we are able to provide.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or require clarification on any
aspect of your request or how we will respond, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

 

Regards

 

Debbie

 

Debbie Bridge | Records Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

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Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Liam Webb

 

I refer to our acknowledgement on 17 October 2013 of your request for
information regarding strokes under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act.  We are able to provide the following information:

 

Information Comments
requested

 
1. What Please see attached SWASFT Clinical Guideline which covers the assessment and management of
medical patients presenting with acute onset stroke symptoms and suspected transient ischaemic
assessment attack (TIA).
tool is
used to  
confirm
patients
are
suffering
with a
stroke?

 
2. What is The use of FAST is recommended by the NICE Stroke Guideline, following a robust review of
the the evidence and can be found at this website.
clinical
research  
for the use
of this [1]http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG68/NICEGui...
tool?
 
 
3. How many Information that the Trust records relating to Strokes is published nationally as part of
calls for a the Ambulance Quality Indicators and can be found at the following website.
suspected
stroke does  
the trust
receive a [2]http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/sta...
year?
 
 
 
4.What date Please note that South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) acquired the
did the former Great Western Ambulance Trust (GWAS) on 1 February 2013. Prior to this date, SWASFT
trust first covered Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, GWAS covered Avon,
start using Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Previous to this Cornwall, Devon and Somerset operated as
the FAST Westcountry Ambulance Service all other counties operated a single county ambulance service.
tool?
 
 
The specific date the FAST Tool was introduced is not documented in any records currently
held. It may have been introduced in different counties at different times, but there is
evidence of it being in use in the Dorset Ambulance Service Annual Report of 2005/06.
5. How many See Q4
FAST
assessments
are carried
out per
year?

 

 

 

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Mr Ken Wenman

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Abbey Court

Eagle Way

Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

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Regards

 

Debbie

 

Debbie Bridge | Records Manager

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

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