Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Cardiology

The Cardiology Department provides a service of non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and forms part of the Croydon Heart Centre.

Find out more about the service including information on how to refer.

Service overview

17 Cardiac Physiologists support both the non-invasive and invasive cardiology service using new and up to date diagnostic medical equipment which is integrated with the Trust IPR Cerner Millennium.

The service is run over two sites, Croydon University Hospital (CUH) and Purley Hospital and performs procedures on adults, paediatrics and neonates with previously diagnosed or suspected heart disease.

The non-invasive service at CUH includes:

  • Electrocardiograms
  • Ambulatory ECG and analysis
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring
  • Event Monitoring
  • Exercise Tolerance Testing
  • Basic and Complex Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography
  • Pacemaker and Complex Device follow-up clinics
  • Remote monitoring service for Complex Devices
  • Cardioversions for Atrial Fibrillation/ Flutter

 

The invasive service at CUH includes:

  • Diagnostic Coronary Angiography
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Implantation of Bradycardia Pacemakers
  • Implantation of complex pacemakers (e.g. ICD and CRT-D/P)
  • Implantation of implantable Loop Recorders

 

The non-invasive service at Purley Hospital includes:

  • Electrocardiograms
  • Ambulatory ECG and analysis
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram

We treat:  

We help diagnose and treat a variety of cardiac pathologies including coronary artery disease, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. We provide services for many different users including:

  • Cardiology CCU/ Duppas wards, Cardiology general and specialist clinics
  • Other Services in CUHg. cancer, stroke/TIA, surgical, pre-op, geriatric (falls), paediatric/ SCBU, ITU
  • GP’s - Direct access service for ECG, ambulatory ECG and BP and Echo
  • Other hospitals for patients living in the Croydon area from e.g. Royal Marsden
  • Community based practitioners e.g. Palliative care, CAMHS

Referral criteria

ECG

There are no formal criteria for Direct Access ECG.

The GP needs to give an indication for the ECG on the request form and if it is not appropriate someone from the Cardiology Department will contact the surgery to discuss.

A list of current medications, BP, diabetes status and any other relevant information is also required.

 

Ambulatory ECG monitoring (24hr)

Referral criteria are as follows:

  1. Palpitations
  2. Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  3. Dizzy spells (near Syncope)
  4. Loss of consciousness

Note: The duration and frequency of the symptoms must be stated on the form. This data is essential in order to decide which type of recorder is given to the patient.

Please also state whether the patient is on any cardioactive medication which could affect the cardiac rhythm, conduction or the ECG complex itself e.g. cold/flu remedies, bronchodilator, bête blocker, calcium channel blockers or digoxin.

 

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (24hr)

Referral criteria are as follows:

Sustained Hypertension – To confirm or exclude the need for anti-hypertensive treatment in patients with possible white coat or borderline hypertension is present.

NotePatients must be off ALL antihypertensive medication for at least four weeks prior to the test.

To assess treatment – To assess response to anti-hypertensive therapy when clinic pressures suggest inadequate blood pressure control.

NOTE:          

a) It is essential to state the medication and dosages the patient is taking at the time of the recording 

b) If the patient takes no medication please state this on the request form 

c) It is important that we know if the patient is diabetic

 The request form also asks for a BP recorded at the surgery.

 

Echocardiography

The following indications may be considered for Direct Access:

  1. Asymptomatic murmurs.
  2. Follow up of known mild valve abnormalities.
  3. Atrial fibrillation to evaluate thrombo-embolic risk and evaluate left ventricular function.
  4. Hypertension to evaluate possible hypertrophy.
  5. To exclude Cardiomyopathy

Patients in the following situations are unlikely to be suitable for DA echo referral:

  1. Clinical suspicion of heart failure (see Heart Failure Pathway)
  2. Clinical suspicion of endocarditis (Outpatient Cardiology Referral).
  3. Signs or symptoms of significant valve disease (Outpatient Cardiology Referral).

Patients with suspected heart failure should be investigated with BNP using the existing Heart Failure Pathway and One Stop Heart Failure Clinic at CUH.

Patients with severe abnormalities on echo will be booked directly into a cardiology clinic or be seen by the appropriate acute cardiology service at CUH.

NOTE: This is an adult only service and no referrals on patients under 16 will be accepted.

How to refer

Via e-Referrals

Adults via eRS – speciality Cardiology Services offered:

General Cardiology at Croydon University Hospital - RJ6
General Cardiology at Purley War Memorial Hospital - RJ6
Lipids - Cardiology at Croydon University Hospital - RJ6
One Stop Heart Failure Clinic at Croydon University Hospital - RJ6
One Stop Heart Failure Clinic at Purley War Memorial Hospital - RJ6 


Children via eRS - Speciality Children’s and Adolescent service:


Clinic type: Cardiology - Service General Paediatrics at The Willows- Croydon University Hospital - RJ6

Contact information

Email CH-TR.cardiologyrespiratory@nhs.net

Tel 020 8401 3974

Direct access appointment queries:

Farah Leontiou 020 8401 3000 ext. 5212

Consultants

Senior Cardiac Physiologists:

Amanda Rose – Lead Cardiac Physiologist

Julia McNicholas – Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist (Deputy)

Karen Sparrow – Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist (Deputy)

Paul Arumugam – Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist

 

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