Cardiac Rhythm Analysis
Local cardiologist, Ed Duncan advises:
'We still get a lot of requests from GPs and physicians for 24hr tapes when symptoms occur very infrequently. This results in a low yield and lots of work/expense. If symptoms are infrequent and unlikely to be captured by standard ambulatory monitoring, then we would suggest the patient attends the practice or A+E during an episode for an ECG.'
Bristol Heart Institute - use the BHI Cardiac Rhythm Analysis form (word doc) which should be sent via e-Referral requesting cardiology monitoring.
NBT - Requests for Rhythm Analysis should be sent via e-Referral requesting the arrhythmia or palpitations clinic
WAHT - use the direct access cardiac investigation form (EMIS template)