Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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TIA / minor stroke referrals

Rapid access TIA clinics

The National Stroke Strategy requires all patients with high risk TIA or minor stroke (ABCD2 score ≥4) to be assessed and treated by a specialist within 24 hours, and all others within seven days.

Oxford University Hospitals provides daily TIA clinics (Monday to Friday) and a weekend service for high risk patients.

This service is for:

  • suspected TIA or minor stroke patients who do not need admission to hospital.
  • suspect TIA in any patient with sudden onset focal neurological deficit, most commonly, weakness of the arm, leg or face, speech disturbance or visual loss. TIA is unlikely in those with loss of consciousness, non-specific dizziness or gradual onset symptoms.

This is an outpatient service for the 'walking wounded' and does not replace the inpatient pathway for those with acute, major or disabling stroke who need hospital admission and stroke unit care.

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