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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nurse led TIA clinic nominated for NICE award

A pioneering nurse-led clinic to care for patients who have had a transient ischaemic attack has been nominated for a national award.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has become one the first hospitals in the country to set up a dedicated nurse-led clinic to care for “minor stroke” or TIA.

Since being set up in May 2011 last year the clinic has treated a increasing number of patients and currently sees around 15 patients a week.

Based at Nottingham City Hospital, patients are seen within four weeks after their stroke by a specialist stroke advanced nurse practitioner. They are given the opportunity to explore issues following their diagnosis in a supported environment with tailored practical lifestyle advice.

Measures are taken to reduce the risks of further TIAs or stroke, including changes in medications. Patients are also signposted to appropriate services in the community.

The clinic has been nominated for a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Shared Learning Award.

Tracey Palmer, advanced nurse practitioner at NUH, said: “The nurse-led clinic was set up to address the inequalities in support of patients following a TIA as highlighted by the national stroke strategy.

“The patient-centred clinic is about patients coming to terms with their diagnosis and providing practical information, empowering them to make positive changes to their lives.”

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