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TIA Rapid Access Clinic

The aim of the clinic is to see clients quickly following a transient ischemic attach (TIA), as patients with TIA are at much higher risk for stroke. 

What services are available?

The TIA Rapid Access Clinics provide assessment and treatment by a stroke specialist such as a neurologist, internal medicine specialist, or geriatrician.  The stroke specialist may order additional tests, prescribe new medication, and suggest follow-up with other health care professionals.  The clinic also provides referral to other specialists and specialized programs, and information for your family physician on how to support you in reducing your risk for stroke.

Patients are asked to avoid driving themselves to the clinic for their appointment, particularly since they may have recently experienced a stroke event.  A family member is encouraged to attend appointments with the patient.

Am I eligible?

The Stroke Prevention clinic receives referrals from physicians for patients who have recently been discharged from the emergency department or have been seen by their family physician following a TIA.

How do I access this service?

TIA is a medical emergency.  If you believe you have had a TIA, or are showing the symptoms listed below, you should get to the emergency department as soon as possible, as there is treatment that can be initiated to reduce your risk of having a stroke.  A TIA is an important warning sign of a higher risk of having a stroke, even though your symptoms disappear after a few minutes to a couple of hours.

The symptoms for a TIA or stroke are:

  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg (especially one side of the body)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye
  • Sudden dizziness and inability to walk
  • There is usually no pain

The emergency department can arrange for you to get the appropriate diagnostic assessments to confirm your diagnosis and referrals to physicians who can initiate treatments to reduce your risk for stroke.  In some centres, this service is provided through referral to TIA clinics, in other centres this service may be provided through the emergency department, or in collaboration with your family physician.

Find a TIA Rapid Access Clinic near you.

We want to hear from you

If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.

If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.

 

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