"A TIA in Carlisle"

About: Carlisle Infirmary

(as a relative),

Two months ago Anne had a TIA: one minute she was typing something OK, then she was typing gobbldygook. Took her to our excellent GP who examined her carefully and agreed that this was an emergency that should be investigated forthwith, arranging immediate admission to Carlisle Infirmary.

The medical unit that had agreed to take her didn't have a bed at that time (1730 hours)so she was kept in A&E. A specialist registrar from the unit came down at 2030 (A&E staff had monitored her carefully while we were waiting).

The registrar took a careful history, examined her thoroughly and set up basic investigations such as ECG and then arranged for a MRI scan. The radiographer had to come in to do this, but the radiologist could read the scan from his home in Penrith, 26 miles away!

The registrar stayed on the case long after he was off duty because, it being his birthday next day, he was going to have a day off. he waited til all the results were in and Anne was admitted to his medical ward. By this time her difficulty speaking had cleared.

She was seen by the consultant next morning and discharged. Both the registrar and the consultant were excellent communicators, courteously explaining everything and respecting Anne's dignity. A good experience.

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