Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) clinics
TIA clinics are run with some patients seeing us face to face three days a week, and five days a week via a videolink or telephone.
The department aims to see high risk TIA patients within 24 hours of receiving a referral and low risk patients within one week.
During a TIA clinic, patients will have a full assessment by a doctor and are likely to have the following tests organised:
- Blood tests
- Electrocardiogram to check for irregular heart rhythm
- Ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries in the neck (carotid doppler scan) to see whether there is any significant narrowing which may benefit from surgery
- Blood pressure
- In some circumstances we may organise a scan of the brain (CT scan or MRI). The doctor assessing will advise if this is required
- Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) to assess the heart valves and function of the heart
- Cardiac monitoring (to look for evidence of an irregular heart beat).
Some of these tests will be performed during the clinic visit, but others may require further trips to hospital for specialist brain scans. However, appointments for heart scans and heart monitors will generally be sent through the post.
- Appointments 023 8120 5019
- Angie Keens, TIA specialist nurse 07766 800370
Stroke clinics are run as detailed in the timetable below. You will be seen by one of our stroke consultants or by one of our specialist registrars.
Dr Nic Weir
Dr Prasad Siddegowda
Dr Richard Marigold
Dr Sue Evans
Dr Pamela Crawford
Dr Emma Wood
- TIA and stroke clinics - neurology outpatients, level A, Wessex Neurological Centre
Tests and investigations
- Outpatient MRI - C level, Centre Block
- Outpatient CT scans - B level, Wessex Neurological Centre
- Carotid doppler ultrasound scans - cardiothoracic outpatients, D level, East Wing
- Echocardiogram - non-invasive cardiology, E level, East Wing
- Blood tests - C level, West Wing
- Hospital pharmacy - C level, Centre Block (close to the main entrance)
- Appointments 023 8120 4658