TIA / Stroke / Neurology (TSN) Clinic

Mackenzie Health's TSN Clinic is for people who have had signs and symptoms of a stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) that, if untreated, may lead to a stroke.

Mackenzie Health's TSN Clinic is also meant for those who have experienced a stroke and require ongoing care to prevent a second stroke. This information will help to answer questions about your visit to the TSN Clinic.

At the TSN Clinic: 

  • We provide rapid access to assessment and investigation of the underlying cause of Transient Ischemic Attack/Minor Non-Disabling Stroke (TIA/MNDS);
  • We initiate interventions based on current best practices to address risk factors and the underlying cause, working in a timely manner to prevent a future stroke.
  • We provide education on lifestyle and risk management, stroke prevention and warning signs for stroke;
  • We facilitate referral of appropriate patients to local cardiovascular rehabilitation services for ongoing secondary prevention and chronic disease management; and
  • We facilitate linkage to community programs for secondary prevention and chronic disease management.

The TSN Clinic will  contact you with the date and time of your appointment depending on urgency following your visit to the Emergency Department or family physician. If you don't hear from the TSN Clinic within five business days, or you miss our call, please call the clinic at: 905-883-1212 extension 7721 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Referral is required

Physician referrals can be faxed to 905-883-2065.
To download the form, visit the Referral and Consent forms page.

At the clinic you will:

  • Have appropriate tests arranged
  • Meet with a nurse practitioner and/or neurologist to discuss test results and treatment plan
  • Receive treatment, as needed
  • Be referred to other specialists, if necessary
  • Be connected to other health care services, if necessary
  • Your health card
  • Your medication in their containers, including vitamins/minerals and herbal supplements
  • Take all your regular medications on the day of your appointment
  • A list of your past surgeries, accidents or health problems
  • A list of questions you have
  • A snack or small meal, if you have been asked to do blood work
  • Feel free to bring a spouse, family member or friend with you
  • An interpreter, if necessary

How do I reschedule an appointment?

If you are not able to keep your appointment, please call the clinic at 905-883-1212 extension 7721 at least 24 hours in advance of your visit.

What tests will I have?

You may be asked to have:

  • Blood work: The blood work will test your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and kidney and liver function.
  • A carotid doppler: The carotid doppler is an ultrasound of major arteries of your neck, which supply your brain with oxygen-rich blood. This test will look for narrowing or blockages in these vessels.
  • An echocardiogram: The echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart to check its size and how it pumps, and looks for the presence of blood clots.
  • A holter monitor: The holter monitor is a portable monitor, consisting of electrodes worn on the chest for 24 or 48 hours during normal daily activities, including work. It records your heart's rhythm and checks for abnormal heartbeats that could lead to blood clots.
  • Computed tomography (CT) of the head: A CT scan can detect a blood clot or bleeding within the brain and help confirm that you have had a stroke. It may also help determine the type of stroke.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):  An MRI scan can detect brain tissue that has been damaged by a stroke. It can also help identify things that resemble stroke, known as “stroke mimics.”

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

TIA / Stroke / Neurology (TSN) Clinic
A-Wing, Level 1, room 100
10 Trench Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4Z3
Local to Richmond Hill: 905- 883-1212 ext. 7721
Local to Vaughan: 905-832-4554 ext. 7721
Fax: 905-883-2065
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Physician referrals can be faxed to 905-883-2065. 
To download the form, visit the Referral and Consent forms page.