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Driving after a transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke
  1. M O McCarron1,
  2. A M Loftus2,
  3. P McCarron3
  1. 1
    Department of Neurology, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, UK
  2. 2
    Aberfoyle Health Centre, Londonderry, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Dr M McCarron, MA, MRCP, MD, Department of Neurology, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry BT47 6SB, UK; markmccarron{at}


The frequency of adherence to the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) guidelines for patients referred to a neurovascular clinic is not known. Of 166 consecutive patients, 95 (57.2%) had a group 1 licence and 71 (42.7%) drove within a month of the event. Fifty of 85 (59%) transient ischaemic attack (TIA)/minor stroke patients had a licence and 30 (35%) drove within a month of the TIA/stroke. Compliance with DVLA driving guidelines is poor among patients referred to hospital with suspected TIA or minor strokes.

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  • Funding: PMcC is supported by a career scientist award funded by the Research and Development Office for Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland.

  • Competing interests: None declared.