Outpatient and rapid access clinics

 

There are general cardiology outpatient clinics at Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital and in addition to this, a number of specialised clinics are available.

The redesigned cardiology clinics are one-stop or specialised consultant-led clinics that follow guidance developed jointly by Croydon Health Services and NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  

A detailed letter including diagnosis, further investigation, and an agreed treatment plan is sent to both the patient and GP within five to seven days of appointments.

Rapid access chest pain clinic

Heart failure 

Suspected arrhythmia

Murmur valve

Contact information

Consultants

 


 

Rapid access chest pain clinic

Patients with chest discomfort possibly due to coronary heart disease are seen by a specialist in this clinic within two weeks of referral by their GP, in accordance with National Service Framework standards. The possible diagnoses, initial treatment, and further investigation are fully discussed with each patient before agreeing a plan of action.

How to refer

Fax completed referral form with ECG to 020 8401 3022

Direct line to co-ordinator: 020 8401 3043/4487/5901

If you unsure about this referral you may wish to contact the GP advice service.

 


 

Heart failure 

Difficulty in breathing or swollen legs may be signs of heart failure. The team sees all patients with possible new heart failure within two to six weeks of referral by their GP, in accordance with NICE quality standards. 

This is a comprehensive one-stop clinic. Patients will undergo an echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound), consult with a specialist in heart failure, and receive education and advice from a heart failure nurse specialist, all in a single outpatient appointment.

How to refer

Fax completed referral form with ECG to 020 8401 3022

If you unsure about this referral you may wish to contact the GP advice service.

 


Suspected arrhythmia

Palpitations, dizzy spells, irregular heartbeats, and blackouts are common symptoms, and might reflect disturbances of the heart rhythm. The service aims to see patients with such symptoms within two to six weeks of referral.  

Heart rhythm specialists and heart rhythm nurses collaborate to deliver high-quality care including patient education. Many patients will require further investigation (e.g. 24-hour heart rhythm monitor), which may occur before, during or after the appointment.

How to refer

Fax completed referral form to 0208 401 3022,

Tel: 0208 401 3043/4487/5901

If you unsure about this referral you may wish to contact the GP advice service.

 


Heart murmur & valve clinic

Heart murmurs can be due to underlying heart valve disease, and when this is suspected, referral to the heart murmur & valve clinic will ensure early assessment, diagnosis and treatment from a heart valve specialist.

This clinic also follows up patients with known significant valvular heart disease, where the surgical or percutaneous intervention timeframe is critical, and those who have already undergone such treatments.

Other outpatient clinic services include:

  • Pacing clinic for follow-up of simple pacemaker devices (physiologist-delivered, consultant-supervised)
  • Pacing clinic for follow-up of complex pacemaker devices (physiologist-delivered, consultant-supervised)
  • Pre-admission clinics (registrar- and nurse- delivered) for patient education, discussion and consent before invasive cardiac procedures e.g. coronary angiography, pacemaker implantation 

How to refer

 

Fax completed referral form with ECG to 020 8401 3022

If you unsure about this referral you may wish to contact the GP advice service.

 


 

Contact information

Cardiology Department

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road

Croydon

CR7 7YE

 

Tel: 020 8401 3974

Email - ch-tr.cardiologyrespiratory@nhs.net 

The GP advice service is designed to answer any questions GPs may have about a cardiology referral.  This ensures patients access the most suitable services.

 

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