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TIA / minor stroke referrals

TIA / Minor Stroke Clinics

The National Stroke Strategy requires all patients with high risk TIA or minor stroke (ABCD2 score greater than or equal to 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.

Important: patients referred with a suspected TIA should not drive until seen in the TIA Clinic: should they be involved in an accident, their insurance would not be valid.

Please note: Oxfordshire GP Practices should continue to refer to the TIA Service via the referral pro forma imported from the OCCG website. They should NOT use the link below.

TIA / Minor Stroke Referral Form other than from Oxfordshire GP practices.

TIA / Minor Stroke Referral Form (pdf, 67 KB)

Please email the completed form to: John Radcliffe Hospital:


Please call the TIA Specialist Nurse via switchboard: 0300 304 7777 Bleep 6342

Out of hours

Please call the On-call Geratology Registrar (Monday to Friday and Sunday) or Neurology Registrar (Saturday) via switchboard: 0300 304 7777

Please do not use e-Referral.