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Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) service

This service forms part of our Stroke Unit

What is a TIA?

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or 'mini stroke' is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. The disruption in blood supply results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can cause symptoms similar to those of a stroke, such as speech and visual disturbance and numbness or weakness in the arms and legs. However, a TIA does not last as long a stroke. The effects only last for a few minutes and are usually fully resolved within 24 hours.

Our TIA service

The risk of stroke is high following a TIA with approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients who have a TIA going on to have a stroke within 7 days. A specific TIA service is provided giving rapid diagnosis and assessment and access to specialist care for high risk patients.

Our patients benefit from:

  • Risk assessment
  • 24/7 access to our service over 365 days per year
  • Our facilities which enable us to diagnose and treat patients with confirmed TIA and also those with conditions mimicking TIA
  • Specialist assessment and investigation within 24 hours of presenting to one of our healthcare professionals (For high risk cases)


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Go to the Stroke Unit overview page for further information including contact details.