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You have had a head injury. You have been given a thorough examination and are now considered fit to be discharged.
Some people who have had a minor head injury later develop problems which occasionally can be serious.
If you experience any of the following, please visit your nearest Emergency Department.
If you notice any of the following symptoms or those mentioned in the previous section, please contact your nearest Emergency Department or NHS 111:
Often people can feel unwell for a few days after a head injury. You should avoid driving and strenuous or dangerous activities until you feel recovered.
Common symptoms are:
If you have any of these symptoms, do not worry because they should clear up in time without any treatment. These symptoms can last for a prolonged time, up to six months although they should not be worsening. If they worsen then you should see your doctor.
Most patients recover quickly from their accident and experience no long-term problems. However sometimes problems only appear after weeks or months. If you start to feel that things are ‘not quite right’, such as memory problems or not feeling your normal self, please see your GP as soon as possible to ensure you are recovering properly.
For general medical advice please use the NHS website, the NHS 111 service, walk-in-centres, or your GP.
Headway is a charity that provides support to patients who have suffered a brain injury and have continuing problems.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this article is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2018
Review Date: January 2023