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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Heart Rhythm Management referrals

Access is via e-Referral.

Email for referrals from healthcare providers:

Patients with palpitations are managed by all the consultant cardiologists and therefore best referred to the general cardiology outpatients.

The arrhythmia nurse specialists may also be able to offer advice for patients with Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators, or patients who have undergone or planned to have ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardias.

Consider referring the following groups of patients specifically to the above service.

  • All patients with implantable defibrillators where there is a device issue or the patient is under follow-up by a consultant electrophysiologist.
  • All patients who have undergone cardiac resynchronisation therapy where there is a device issue or the patient is under follow-up by a consultant electrophysiologist.
  • Recurrent supraventricular dysrhythmias following ablation therapy.
  • Recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients who have already had a trial of antiarrhythmic therapy.
  • Symptomatic persistent atrial fibrillation in patients who have had a trial of rate control therapy.
  • Suspected long Q-T or Brugada syndrome.
  • Risk stratification in patients with a family history of suspected arrhythmic sudden death.

Waiting times

All patients receive an outpatient appointment within a specified period, which begins when the patient contacts the hospital to book their appointment.


In order to cancel your outpatient appointment please contact us. A further appointment will be made unless you specify that you no longer need an appointment.