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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiothoracic Services

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Heart rhythm management: FAQs

What tests may be performed on the same day as the outpatient appointment?

We try to offer most of the initial investigations at the time of the outpatient appointment. These include routine blood tests, electrocardiography (ECG), exercise testing and echocardiography.

How long will my appointment be?

Most new patient appointments last about 30 minutes and follow-up appointments are 10 - 15 minutes. If there are additional investigations planned, then these may be performed during the clinic and you will be asked to return to see the cardiologist with the results. If you are due to have an echocardiogram or exercise test with your appointment, it is best to allow two hours.

Who will I see?

New patients are usually either seen by a consultant, one of the more senior registrars or the arrhythmia nurse specialist|, who will discuss the case with the consultant.

Will I need further appointments?

In some cases the diagnosis and treatment are straightforward and one appointment is enough. Where further investigations are needed these will be booked at a later date and may include electrophysiological studies, angiography, nuclear imaging and holter monitoring. You may then be asked to return to discuss the test results, or your GP will be given the results and will discuss them with you.

Will I receive a copy of the report of the outpatient clinic appointment?

Where possible all patients receive a copy of the report sent to their GP. This will often contain technical terms, so you may wish to go through the letter with your GP. If you have further queries your consultant's secretary can pass on any questions to your consultant for a telephoned or written reply.

How long will it take for my general practitioner to receive the report?

We try to ensure that the report is received by your GP within seven days.

What can I do if I am due to see my GP and the report has not been received?

The report can be faxed to your GP by the consultant's secretary.