Information for patients and carers
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You have recently had a head injury.
Please contact the Accident and Emergency department at the first sign of:
- Unusual drowsiness or confusion
- Persistent or severe headache
- Repeated vomiting
- Loss of use or weakness of your arm, leg or face
- Blurred vision or “seeing double”
- Persistent discharge from nose or ears
University Hospital of North Tees
Telephone: 01642 382799
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
What is a head injury?
Any knock on the head is called a head injury. You may have been dazed, confused or even lost consciousness for a short period.
It can be helpful to be aware of the signs and symptoms that could happen during your recovery.
What signs and symptoms could I have?
After a head injury you may find you suffer from headaches, dizziness, over-sensitivity to noise and bright light or slight blurring of vision (eyesight).
You may become forgetful, find concentration difficult, tire easily or need more sleep than usual. You may also be more irritable or anxious than usual. These problems are usually minor and tend to settle within about a month.
If I have these symptoms, what should I do?
Try not to over-stress yourself. Pace yourself and build up slowly to your previous levels or activity. This may mean not returning to work or driving for a few days. Try to avoid alcohol for a week, as you may be more sensitive to its effects.
If symptoms persist you should contact your GP.
Further information is available from:
Telephone: 111 (When it is less urgent than 999)
Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobile phones or via the website at www.nhs.uk
Information used in the development of this leaflet
‘Head injury’, NICE clinical guideline 176. London (available at: www.guidance.nice.org.uk/CG176)
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Telephone: 01642 624719
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
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Leaflet reference: PIL1443
Date for review: 28/06/2026