CARDIOLOGY

The Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance are commissioned to provide a cardiology service for patients with non-urgent heart-related problems. This service is provided by Consultants from Portsmouth Cardiac Associates and all referrals are via the patients GP and sent electronically to the service.

CARDIOLOGY

The Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance are commissioned to provide a cardiology service for patients with non-urgent heart-related problems. This service is provided by Consultants from Portsmouth Cardiac Associates and all referrals are via the patients GP and sent electronically to the service.

The service is currently run out of:

  • Westlands Medical Centre, 20B Westlands Grove, Fareham PO16 9AD on a Friday 2.00pm-5: 30 pm 3 times per month. Contact Number 023 9237 7514
  • Rowner Health Centre, 143 Rowner Lane, Gosport PO13 9SP on a Wednesday 2.00pm-5:30 pm 3 times per month. Contact Number 023 9251 3143
  • The Grange Surgery, The Causeway, Petersfield GU31 4JR alternative Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons 5 times per month. Contact number 01730 267722

The service is co-ordinated in the Fareham & Gosport area by Lin Barlow lin.barlow@nhs.net  or 01329 844251

Clare Bennett is the HCSW at the Fareham & Gosport clinics.

The Petersfield clinic is co-ordinated by Caroline Frost and Serena Bicknell 01730 234596

Once a patient has been seen in a Cardiology Clinic, a letter will be sent electronically to the patients’ normal GP within 48 hours.

The Cardiology service is designed to be able to investigate:

  • Palpitations, Syncope, and Dizzy spells
  • Suspected Heart Murmurs
  • Breathlessness with an unidentified cause
  • Atrial Fibrillation – for assessment of stroke prevention and possible cardioversion
  • Pre-existing known cardiac conditions which are deteriorating
  • Family History of Cardiac problems

Definite exclusions are:

  • All cardiac emergencies
  • Chest pain
  • Urgent/emergency referrals
  • Children under the age of 18

For further details on what you can expect if you have been referred to the cardiology service please follow this link.

CARDIOLOGY REFERRALS

When your GP has referred you to see a Cardiologist within one of our clinics, prior to being seen, your referral will be “triaged” by one of the consultants who decide which tests may need to be carried out before attending the clinic. There is currently a 2-3 week wait for appointments so this will give plenty of time to be able to organise tests that may be requested by the consultant.

Tests that are available locally are 24-hour cardiac monitoring, Echocardiogram & ECG.

You may be asked to keep a ‘diary’ while you’re wearing the device and make a note of any times when you have symptoms. This can help when your results are analysed.

We use Novacor 3 & 4 which are attached using 2 electrodes as shown in the picture below.

None of the equipment can get wet so please be careful

The central button should be pressed when symptoms occur as this marks the tape at the exact point of your feeling symptoms. You will also be given a diary sheet to complete in which we would like you to list any symptoms. We also like you to record the times of meals, periods of exercise and going to bed and getting up. The more information you can give us the easier it is to analyse.

The test involves continuously recording an electrocardiogram (ECG), usually for 24 hours, but the device can be worn for longer periods. The test is safe and painless. It can help to diagnose the cause of symptoms – such as palpitations – which don’t happen all the time and which rarely happen in the GP’s surgery.

You will need to make two visits – one to have the recorder fitted, and one to return it, although you will remove it yourself, so someone can return it on your behalf. The device records the electrical activity of your heart. While you’re wearing it, you can do everything you would normally do, except have a bath or shower.

After wearing it for the allocated time (usually 24 hours but can be longer) the equipment should be removed. This is done by un-peppering the necklace from the electrodes and then carefully removing the electrodes from your skin and disposing of them. Place all the equipment and the diary sheet into the envelope provided and return it to the surgery where it was fitted.

It takes around 2 weeks to get the results analysed

ECHOCARDIOGRAM & ECG

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for the test. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand.

An Echocardiogram (echo for short) uses sound waves to build up a detailed picture of your heart. It is similar to the ultrasound used in pregnancy. It looks at the structure of your heart, the heart valves and gives information on the function. You will have the test in a private room because you’ll need to take the top half of your clothes off. You will lie on a bed and conductive jelly will be spread onto your chest to help the probe make good contact with your skin.

The probe will be placed in different areas of your chest and gives off pulses of high-frequency sound waves which pass through your skin to your heart. The ultrasound waves ‘echo’ against the structures of your heart and the probe picks up these reflections and shows them in pictures on the screen of the echo machine.

You can see different parts of the heart as the probe is moved around on your chest. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats. These signals are recorded by a machine and are looked at by a doctor to see if they’re unusual.

The electrode pads are placed on each arm and leg and then 6 on the chest. It is important to lie still and quiet while the test is performed but it only takes 1-2 minutes to get a tracing.

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