Free health talk in Coggeshall

4 November 2013

Coggeshall Village Hall will be the venue later this month (Nov) for a free health talk about stroke.

The speaker will be Dr Rajesh Saksena, a consultant in stroke medicine based at Colchester General Hospital, whose presentation will be called Act FAST to strike stroke - an overview.

The talk will take place in the village hall in Stoneham Street on Monday 18 November, beginning at 6.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should book a place in advance (see below).

Dr Saksena said: "Stroke is a critical illness and early recognition of symptoms may lead to targeted specific treatment to reduce complications and long-term disability.

"One of the subjects I plan to cover is the national F.A.S.T. campaign to increase awareness of stroke and its early warning signs. The sooner the symptoms are recognised, the sooner the treatment can begin and the better the outcome."

The F.A.S.T. test consists of:

FACE Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
ARMS Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
SPEECH Is their speech slurred?
TIME to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.

Dr Saksena will be happy to answer questions after his presentation. The whole event is expected to finish by 8pm at the latest.

It is hoped that some of the people who go to the talk will be interested in joining the Trust as public members.

* Anyone wishing to attend on 18 November should phone 0800 0515 143 (free of charge) Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm to book a place or email

Members of the public who are unable to attend but who are still interested in becoming a public member of the Trust can register online by visiting the Trust website: (click on box number 11 under "Hot Topics" on the home page). Alternatively, phone the Foundation Trust Membership Office on 01206 742347. The Trust currently has 6,757 public members.