Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

A Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic is an outpatient clinic for people who have signs and symptoms of a recent stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).

The goal of the clinic is to reduce the incidence of future strokes by:

  • Providing early assessment and treatment
  • Identifying risk factors for stroke
  • Providing education to patients and family members about risk factor management and stroke prevention

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Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic Referral Form

 

Central South Stroke Network Website

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario - Stroke Prevention & Risk Factors

The Stroke Prevention Clinic is an Outpatient Clinic and does not replace an Emergency Department.

Recognize the warning signs of a stroke:

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If you or someone you know is experiencing any one of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 OR YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBER IMMEDIATELY. Even if these symptoms appear to go away quickly, seek medical attention immediately.

What services are available at the Stroke Prevention Clinic?

  • Rapid access to diagnostic procedures 
  • Consultation with a Stroke Physician
  • Consultation note sent to your family doctor after your first visit
  • Referral for neurological services if needed
  • Referral to other support services as required such as: Dietitian, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Social Worker
  • Identification of risk factors for stroke
  • Health teaching by a Stroke Nures on risk factor management and stroke prevention

Who can come to the Stroke Prevention Clinic?

Any person who has had a recent stroke or TIA can get an appointment at the clinic. You need to be referred by an emergency room doctor, your family doctor, or other medical specialist. A family member or friend is welcom to come to the clinic with you. When you come to the clinic, your family doctor is kept informed of your progress and treatment plans.

When is my appointment?

After you are referred to the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic, your referral will be reviewed by the clinic team who will decide how soon you need to be seen. Most patients are seen between 7 to 30 days after the referral is received. You will receive a call from the clinic secretary to book an appointment day and time. 

What happens after my first appointment?

The clinic will:

  • Send a report of your visit to your family doctor 
  • Book any tests and provide you with a follow-up appointment if needed

How can I contact the Stroke Prevention Clinic?

There are two stroke prevention clinics within Brant Haldimand Norfolk: They are located at:

  • Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford General Hospital
    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    519-751–5544 ext. 2996
  • Norfolk General Hospital
    Open Wednesday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    519-429-6893

If you have any questions or need to change an appointment at either of the clinics, please call our clinic clerk at 519-751-5544 ext. 2996.

Instructions for Patients Referred to the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic

You have been referred to this clinic because you may have had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini stroke.  It is important that you are seen in this clinic for early assessment and possible treatment. 

Please review the following instructions to ensure that you are prepared for your clinic appointment.

CT Scan Head & Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
You will receive a call with an appointment date and time to have these tests completed if they were not completed during your Emergency Department visit.  It is important that these tests are completed as soon as possible.

Bloodwork
The doctor has provided you with a requisition to have your blood sugar and lipids checked.  This can be completed at any outpatient lab.  If this bloodwork is fasting bloodwork, you must fast (nothing to eat or drink except water) for at least 12 hours prior to having the bloodwork done.  Please complete your bloodwork as soon as possible at any outpatient lab.

Your Appointment at the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic
The clinic clerk or nurse will call you with the date, time and location of your appointment.  If someone witnessed your event, please have that person come with you to your appointment if possible. Please bring all of your medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies in their original containers to your appointment. 

Contact Information
* Important: If you have not heard from the clinic within 3 business days of your referral, or if you have any questions, please contact us at: 519-751-5544 ext. 2996.

What to do in the meantime:

  • Do not drive any type of vehicle until you have been advised to do so by your family physician or the specialist at the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • If you experience any signs and symptoms of stroke, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.

For more information, visit:

Central South Regional Stroke Network

Eat Right Ontario

Hypertension Canada

Sodium 101

Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

Diabetes Canada

Brant County Health Unit

Smokers' Helpline

Rhonda Caminiti RN, Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic Nurse
200 Terrace Hill Street
Brantford, ON, N3R 1G9
519-751-5544 ext. 2997

Kathleen Herzig RN, Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic Nurse
200 Terrace Hill Street
Brantford, ON, N3R 1G9
519-751-5544 ext. 2997

Melanie Watts, Clerk, Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic
200 Terrace Hill Street
Brantford, ON, N3R 1G9
519-751-5544 ext. 2996

 
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