PERFORMANCE: Only 51 per cent of transient ischemic attack patients with high risk of stroke were treated within 24 hours at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust in October, falling below the 60 per cent target.

According to board papers from the trust’s November governing body meeting, this was a “significant drop in performance” compared to the year to date average of  67.5 per cent.

The board papers said: “The pathway for TIA patients is currently being reviewed by the [multidisciplinary team] in order to reduce waiting times for referrals, investigations and access to the TIA clinic.

“In addition, the capacity required for the TIA clinic is also being reviewed, alongside the appropriateness of referrals into this clinic to reduce unnecessary attendances and therefore release capacity for high risk clinics.”