Community cardiology and respiratory service

About

Our community cardiology and respiratory service provides community-based assessments for people who may have problems with their heart, blood pressure or breathing. We offer consultant-led specialist services at various clinics in our local communities, allowing patients to be seen and treated closer to home instead of in hospital.

Our community locations provide a range of services and diagnostic tests for heart, blood pressure and breathing difficulties. Each clinic offers a tailored range of services, so you will be referred to the clinic that is most appropriate for your symptoms and closest to your home.

Conditions and treatments

We offer a one-stop service to treat a range of heart-related symptoms and conditions including: 

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath, at rest or on exertion
  • arrhythmia (palpitations or slow/fast heart beat) and specifically atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) 
  • collapsing or fainting episodes
  • general problems with the heart complex or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) 
  • heart failure including swelling of ankles, breathless at night

In addition, our community clinics can treat a range of respiratory symptoms and conditions, including:  

  • COPD: for optimisation and long-term management and support
  • shortness of breath, chronic cough or frequent chest infection with normal chest x-ray
  • asthma – for disease management and optimisation
  • bronchiectasis – for airways clearance and medical review
  • pulmonary rehabilitation – in patients with known respiratory disease with breathlessness on exertion 
  • chronic resting hypoxia (SpO2 <92%) that may require or have home oxygen

We offer the following diagnostic tests:

  • echocardiogram
  • electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • 24-hour ECG
  • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
  • spirometry (for respiratory patients only)

Additional information

In addition to the services above, we also offer services for heart failure, including heart and shortness of breath clinics and a home visiting service for people with heart failure. We also offer a variety of specialist respiratory clinics.

When we see you in our community clinics, we may find that we require further specialist investigations or procedures that can only be performed in a hospital setting in order to help treat you more effectively. In those cases, the consultant overseeing your care in the community will refer you as appropriate.

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