Head Injury

Advise About Head Injury

You have been checked by a member of the medical team and you have either refused to go to hospital, or we have deemed you fit enough to go home.

When you get home it is very unlikely that you will have any further problems however,

Do not stay at home alone for the first 48 hours.

Do make sure you stay within easy reach of a telephone and medical help

Do have plenty of rest and avoid stressful situations.

Do not take any alcohol or drugs.

Do not take sleeping pills, sedatives or tranquilisers unless they are given by a doctor, who has seen you after the head injury.

Do not play any contact sport (for example, rugby or football), for at least 3 weeks without talking to a doctor first.

Do not drive a car, motorbike or bicycle or operate machinery unless you feel you have completely recovered.

Symptoms to watch out for

If any of the following symptoms do return, we suggest you make your way, or get someone to take you to your nearest hospital Accident & Emergency Department as soon as possible:

Unconsciousness, or lack of full consciousness (for example problems keeping your eyes open).

Any confusion (not knowing where you are, getting things muddled up).

Any drowsiness (feeling sleepy) that goes on for longer than 1 hour when you would normally be wide awake.

Any problems understanding or speaking.

Any loss of balance or problems walking.

Any weakness in one or more arms and/or legs.

Any problems with your eyesight.

Very painful headache that wont go away

Any vomiting getting sick

Any fits (collapsing or passing out suddenly).

Clear fluid coming out of your ear or nose.

Bleeding from one or both ears.

New deafness in one or both ears.

Long-term problems

Most patients recover quickly from their accident and experience no long-term illness. However, some patients only develop problems after a few weeks or months.

If you start to feel that things are not right (for example, memory problems, not feeling your self), then please contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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