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Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) clinic

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or ‘mini stroke’ is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.

The symptoms can be similar to a stroke but are less serious. It is still vital that these patients receive urgent medical care.

People with a TIA can be assessed as being at high or lower risk of stroke using a simple clinical assessment called the ABCD2 score. This assessment can be performed in an A&E or by a GP.

Those scoring 4 or more in this assessment, or with more than 1 TIA in a week, should be seen by a specialist within 24 hours of the TIA.

We have a daily rapid access clinic led by one of the stroke consultants or registrars. Access to this clinic is via the Acute Stroke Unit.

If you attend the clinic, you will receive:

  • An assessment by a specialist
  • An electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood tests
  • And possibly an ultrasound of the carotid arteries.

Other tests may also be arranged if necessary.

You will be advised how you can make lifestyle changes which can reduce your risk of problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

You should not drive following a TIA (or a suspected TIA) for 28 days. You also need to inform your insurance company.

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Rotherham Hospital
Moorgate Road
S60 2UD

Telephone: 01709 820000