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Rapid access chest pain clinic is now running as telephone consultations only.
This information provides guidance on the management of cardiology patients in the Western locality during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is based on NHS England advice.
We are running a rapid access chest pain clinic service as usual.
Some heart patients are considered at extremely high risk of severe illness from Coronavirus. Patients are classed as extremely vulnerable (most at risk) if:
If patients are in one of these groups, they should protect by staying at home, and minimising contact with people they live with, for the next 12 weeks. This is called shielding. If this applies to you, you will be contacted directly by the NHS with further advice. We are sending letters to the high-risk patients with specific advice and emergency contact details.
Patients with underlying cardiac conditions are at significant risk of mortality from COVID-19 infection. It is essential that patients with underlying cardiac conditions are managed as effectively as possible in the community during this pandemic to minimise their risks.
Where possible, appointments should be conducted remotely and non-urgent referrals will either be added to a waiting list, or A&G will be given particularly those requiring diagnostics for surveillance.
We have converted all routine outpatient our clinics as telephone clinics and we are trialling virtual anywhere services to do urgent patient clinics.
All new routine referrals will be clinically triaged and will either be added to a waiting list or, if appropriate, A&G will be given.
Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning referrals with A&G.
Prior to making a routine referral, please ensure that any appropriate Policy or CRG has been reviewed and that all the suggested investigations and management options have been considered.
Existing new and follow-up routine appointments have been cancelled and changed to telephone / video consultation where appropriate.
Our adult congenital heart disease and pregnant patients are followed up via telephone clinics and offered advice.
'We continue to offer some elective day case Angiogram, Angioplasty and Pacemakers supported by our partners at the Peninsula Heart Clinic.'
'Diagnostic Echocardiograms will continue to be predominately undertaken at Ultracardiac, Derriford Business park.'
This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning GroupLast updated: 19-11-2020