In our outpatient clinic we see children who are referred by GPs and other health care professionals if they have a suspected heart condition.
Often children are found to have heart murmurs when a health care professional listen to them. These are often innocent in nature and don’t need any further tests. Occasionally the child or young person might be referred to this clinic for further evaluation if their doctor or nurse feels that it is necessary.
Children are also referred to this clinic with other complaints like palpitations, faints, chest pain and a family history of congenital heart conditions in close relatives.
In this clinic you will be seen by a consultant paediatrician with expertise in cardiology. Once every two months we have a Paediatric cardiologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital visiting us for some of our more complex patients.
If your child is diagnosed with a heart condition the doctor will explain the diagnosis and answer all your questions. Often all we might need is to review your child periodically. Sometimes we may have to admit your child to the children’s ward or the doctor might start your child on some medication.
We will endeavour to perform the necessary tests on the same day to avoid multiple trips to the hospital. Occasionally this may not be possible and you will then be requested to return on another date for further tests.
What services are provided?
- One stop clinic for children with suspected heart condition
- Paediatric Echocardiogram (Ultrasound scan of the heart)
- ECG ( Electrical tracing of the heart)
How can I get a referral?
Patients under 16 years of age can be referred by their GP or any other hospital doctor who sees them for any other medical needs.