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You have been referred to the TIA team due to a suspected TIA (transient ischaemic attack or mini-stroke).
A TIA is the sudden onset of stroke-like symptoms that resolve within 24 hours (but most commonly within thirty minutes). It usually occurs due to a temporary blockage in the blood supply to the brain.
If your symptoms have lasted longer than 24 hours it is likely you have had a small stroke, rather than a TIA.
TIA symptoms vary, depending on which part of the brain is affected and include
Call 999 if you feel you are having a stroke, for example, you develop
TIAs are important as we know that patients who have had a TIA are at risk of developing strokes. The TIA clinic will investigate the underlying cause of your TIA and aim to manage your individual risk factors. This will reduce your chance of developing further TIAs and/or a stroke.
If required, the TIA team may undertake a range of tests. These may include
Note. Please ensure we have your correct contact details. The TIA team will contact you to discuss whether they feel a clinic appointment is required, based on your symptoms. The clinics are held on the stroke unit at RSCH, Brighton.
For general medical advice please use the NHS website, the NHS 111 service, walk in centres, or your GP.
The NHS website provides online health information and guidance www.nhs.uk.
NHS 111 phone line offers medical help and advice from trained advisers supported by nurses and paramedics. Available 24 hours a day. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
There are walk-in and urgent treatment services at Brighton Station, in Crawley and at Lewes Victoria Hospital. www.bsuh.nhs.uk/services/ae/.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can be contacted with your comments and concerns, and to provide general support. Email PALS@bsuh.nhs.uk.
RSCH, telephone 01273 664683.
PRH, telephone 01444 448678.
PALS, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5BE
This information is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
This article is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
Review Date: October 2022