NICE has issued guidance on the acute stage of a stroke or TIA, while the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released guidance covering all aspects of stroke care.
NICE recommends the Fast Arm Speech Test to diagnose a suspected stroke.
Patients with a suspected stroke or TIA should then be started on 300mg of aspirin immediately.
High-risk patients who have already had a TIA should receive a diagnosis, investigations and initial treatment within 24 hours.
The RCP adds that hospital services should ensure that primary care services are fully prepared for a patient's discharge.
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