Find out how to refer patients to our pulmonary hypertension service.

Refer to this service

GPs are welcome to contact this service directly, however GPs do not normally refer patients to this service. Patients are normally seen and referred by a cardiologist, respiratory phyician or rheumatologist. GPs may be requested to refer first degree adult family members of patients with heritable or idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension for screening. Children should be referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

If as a GP you wish to refer a patient please ensure they have undergone and have the results of the following procedures:

  • routine blood tests
  • electrocardiogram
  • chest x-ray
  • spirometry
  • echocardiography

To refer a new patient you must post us a letter from a GP or hospital consultant. The letter should include the following:

  • the severity of symptoms according to functional class
  • the results of the procedures listed above under 'before you refer'

Please send the letter to our service. If patients have to travel a long distance or have special needs, we are happy to see them as a day case or occasionally as an overnight stay.

If you would like to discuss a patient who may be suitable for referral please phone us on 020 3313 8072.

Secondary care

Before you refer a patient, please ensure they have undergone the following procedures:

  • routine blood tests
  • electrocardiogram
  • chest x-ray
  • spirometry
  • echocardiography

To refer a new patient you must post us a letter from a GP or hospital consultant.

The letter should include the following:

  • the severity of symptoms according to functional class 
  • the results of the procedures listed above under 'before you refer'
  • copies of all relevant previous imaging investigations, preferably sent via IEP or if you are not able to use this then please copy to CD and send by post or courier
  • copies of any other investigations already performed

Please send the letter to our service. Inter-hospital transfer of patients can be arranged and must be endorsed by a consultant at the referring hospital. If you are a consultant and would like to arrange an inter-hospital transfer you must speak to one of our consultants or specialist nurses to discuss the clinical problem and degree of urgency. You will also need to complete an inter-hospital transfer form in addition to the information requested above.

Once your referral has been accepted by our staff, please transfer your patient to the service from Monday through Friday from 08.00 and 17.00. This is to ensure that the pulmonary hypertension team will be available to receive the patient.

When patients are aged over 65 or when they have health and social care needs likely to affect their safe discharge home our policy is to transfer the patient back to the care of their referring consultant and the referring hospital, as soon as diagnosis and a treatment plan are completed.

If patients have to travel a long distance or have special needs, we are happy to see them as a day case or occasionally as an overnight stay.

If you would like to discuss a patient who may be suitable for referral please phone us on 020 3313 8072.

Self-referrals

To self-refer you will need a letter of referral from your GP or hospital consultant. You must be entitled to NHS care and be registered with a GP in the UK. Your GP or consultant can send us the referral letter with copies of your recent investigations.

It is expected that you will already have had routine blood tests, a chest x-ray, an electrocardiogram, lung function tests and an echocardiogram before you are referred. If appropriate, we will then arrange to see you at Hammersmith Hospital. We can only accept referrals from within the NHS for patients eligible for NHS treatment. We do not accept referrals of patients not entitled to NHS care.