The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to launch a new open-access service for 24 hour ECG monitoring, for GPs who wish to investigate patients at low risk of significant cardiac pathology. The service has been commissioned by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Cluster, with a view to promoting early diagnosis within the primary care setting.
A specific set of referral criteria has been agreed within the service specification. Referral will be by fax to the Cardiology Department. All aspects of the service, including the fitting of the recorder, analysis and interpretation of the results will be carried out by the Cardiology department, supported by fully qualified Clinical Physiologists and Consultant Cardiologists. The new service will be available from the 1st January 2013.
Full details of how to access the service, including the referral guidelines and a referral form can be found below. Dawn Jones (Cardiology Service Manager) would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Dawn can be contacted on 01709 424571, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Check Referral Criteria
- Over 18 years of age.
- Normal ECG (including RBBB /1st degree AV block).
- Normal cardiac examination.
- Good exercise capacity.
- No prior cardiac history
- No symptomatic ectopics and chest pain, or SOB, or Syncope, or pre-existing cardiac disease.
- Patient does not have a suspected drug related phenomenon (e.g. acquired long QT syndrome)
- No Family history of sudden death < 40 years.
- No Personal loss of consciousness.
Patients must fulfil all the above criteria to access the 24 hour ECG monitoring service.
The referral form must be fully completed. Download the referral form here.