Community Collaboration for Stroke Week
The week from 2nd - 8th September was designated as National Stroke Week. Thousands of Stroke Week activities took place in communities across the country. As part of our service to the local Community, the RC Karrinyup hosted an information stall and provided free blood pressure checks by health professionals at the community stall at the Stirling Farmers Market on Sunday 8th September.
The RC Karrinyup provided the gazebo and the market team set it up. Pharmacist Phil and Secretary Carolyn, a volunteer StrokeSafe ambassador, took the quiet first shift from 7.30 am doing blood pressure checks and providing information on lowering stroke risk, recognising a stroke (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) and what to do. High blood pressure is one of the key conditions which produces a high risk of stroke.
Head Stroke Nurse at Osborne Park Hospital Elena arrived as the crowds of shoppers were starting to building up and set up a second blood pressure machine. Her work colleague, medical stroke consultant Dr Kien, also came along to help provide information and was joined by RC Karrinyup Community Service Director Mike, who is also a FAST super hero. All gave their time voluntarily.
Finally, volunteers Lyn and Fred came along to provide information about the OPH Stroke Support Group, a new support group at Osborne Park Hospital for people recovering from stroke.
During this wonderful collaboration between the Stroke Foundation, the Osborne Park Hospital and the RC Karrinyup, the team were able to carry out 57 blood pressure checks. An amazing effort and a fantastic service to the local community!! Of these two were high risk, 18 were at moderate risk and 37 were at low risk. All were provided with information.