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TIA Assessment Service

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital provides the investigation and management of patients with suspected TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack).

TIA assessment service

The risk of developing a stroke after a hemispheric TIA can be as high as 20% within the first month, with the greatest risk being within the first 72 hours.

Patients first seen in the community with TIA, or with a stroke but having made a good recovery when seen, should be assessed and investigated in a specialist service as soon as possible.

Patients likely to have a diagnosis of TIA should be prescribed an antiplatelet and statin regime immediately.

Patients likely to have a diagnosis of TIA should be advised not to drive until assessed by a specialist.

Patients should be advised to go to hospital immediately should the symptoms return.

Immediate admission to a specialist stroke service is vital for those with a greater than 20% risk of developing a completed stroke. These are patients with more than one TIA in seven days or who have three or more of the following characteristics:

  • blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg
  • unilateral weakness or speech disturbance
  • symptoms lasting sixty minutes or more
  • those who have diabetes

The TIA assessment service at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital

As part of our range of services the Stroke Care Team offers a Rapid-Access TIA Assessment Service that utilitises our full range of diagnostic facilities and the combined expertise of the multidisciplinary team to help identify the cause of the TIA and provide treatment to reduce the risk of further TIAs, stroke or other complications.

Patients with a Request Form or letter of referral wishing to make an appointment should call us on: 020 7806 4075 or complete the make an enquiry form below.

Referrals to the Stroke Unit are welcomed from GPs, A&E Departments and other medical practitioners. The details of each case will be accessed by the Stroke Care Team with the involvement of the referring clinician and a decision to accept or decline will be made on a clinical basis.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 6.00pm

At all other times please call: 020 7806 4000 – ask for the “08 Bleep Holder”.

TIA Assessment Consultants

Stroke Unit

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is equipped to provide expert treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation support for patients and their families.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4075.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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