Table 2

Delay for the 93 patients suspected of a TIA

Type of delay timeMedian time (IQR), hours
Patient delay
Time from symptom onset to first contact with medical service17.5 (IQR 0.8–66.4)
 Onset during weekdays (n=31)8.8 (IQR 0.5–103.5)
 Onset during weekend (n=62)21.0 (IQR 13.0–65.3) p=0.29
 Prior TIA or stroke3.0 (IQR 0.8–40.5)
 No prior TIA or stroke19.0 (IQR 1.0–67.5) p=0.29
GP delay
Time from contact with GP to actual GP consultation (n=76)2.8 (0.5–18.5)
 GP during office hours (n=69)3.0 (0.5–9.5)
 GP out of hours service (n=7)1.4 (0.4–7.8) p=0.34
Referral delay
Time from GP consultation to assessment at TIA service (n=76)40.8 (IQR 23.1–140.7)
 GP during office hours (n=69)30.5 (IQR 23.2–141.3)
 GP out of hours service (n=7)58.4 (IQR 13.7–96.4) p=0.62
 History of TIA/stroke105.0 (IQR 27.3–228.8)
 No history of TIA/stroke30.0 (IQR 22.5–98.5) p=0.09
Total delay
Time from symptom onset to assessment at TIA service114.5 (IQR 44.0–316.6)
  • GP, general practitioner; TIA, transient ischaemic attack.