Strike action between Monday 2 October to Thursday 5 October 2023

Consultants and junior doctors at The Christie will both strike between 7am on Monday 2 October to 7am on Thursday 5 October 2023. Both consultants and junior doctors will still provide emergency care during their strikes.

We are proactively contacting patients with appointments that may be affected by this strike. If you have an appointment at the Trust on any of these dates, please continue to come to The Christie and our other centres as planned unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. There may be longer waits than usual in clinics during this time.

Please do not call to check if your appointment is still going ahead.

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Symptoms and diagnosis

Many of our patients first present either to their GP or to their local A&E department with symptoms sometimes thought to be a stroke, e.g. weakness of their face, arm or leg, collapse or difficulties with their speech.

Symptoms vary greatly between different people depending on which part of the brain affected. Some patients are brought to A&E after a fit (seizure), or patients may come to hospital or be referred by their GP or optician due to headaches, confusion or visual disturbance.

In all cases, a scan of the brain is arranged. Most people will have a CT scan (computerised tomography) scan first, but an MR scan of the brain (a magnetic resonance scan which shows more detailed images) is also usually required to confirm the diagnosis.  

Last updated: February 2023