COVID-19: Keeping you safe at Sevenoaks Medical Centre More Close

Please be aware that unless you are a patient booked for a procedure with us we do not offer COVID-19 tests to members of the public. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you will need to access a test via the NHS. For further information please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/or by call 119.

The safety of our patients, staff and the consultants we work with is our priority. We are closely monitoring guidance from the Department of Health and Public Health England and have put measures in place to keep you safe as a patient.

Please be aware of and adhere to the following:

  • Please wait in your car before being called in for your appointment.
  • You must enter the centre alone unless there is a clinical need for you to be accompanied and that this has been agreed in advance.
  • Until further notice, we are not permitting patients to have any visitors.
  • If you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to the centre, stay at home and follow the guidance available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For more information on how we are keeping you safe at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, please follow the link below.

Request an appointment 01732 775 800

Cardiology

The Cardiology Department at Sevenoaks Medical Centre provides rapid analysis, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of heart conditions. We utilise state-of-the-art facilities and provide a complete range of diagnostics and treatments for a range cardiac conditions.

CARDIOLOGY PROCEDURES AT SEVENOAKS MEDICAL CENTRE

24-HOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring is a painless method of obtaining blood pressure recordings over a 24-hour period. This involves wearing a small cuff attached to a monitoring device. The cuff then obtains a blood pressure reading at intervals throughout the day.

The readings from this can help to determine the most effective medication, or to assess the success of a patient’s current medication.

The patient is advised to undertake normal activities, including work, so that a true reflection of daily blood pressure changes can be obtained. Once patients return the monitor, measurements are downloaded and provided to the referring doctor within 24 hours.

24-HOUR TAPE (WITH ST ANALYSIS)

A 24-hour Holter monitor provides a constant recording of the heart’s electrocardiogram (rate and rhythm) over 24 hours. This is a safe and painless recording, which involves wearing a small monitor (the size of a match box) attached to the chest, with small wires connected to electrodes.

While wearing the monitor, the patient is instructed to carry out normal daily activities. The doctor may request this monitor, to assess the patient’s heart activity for various symptoms, such as chest pain, irregular or fast heart rates, dizziness and fainting spells. This can provide information on the effectiveness of medication. After the monitor is returned, the results will be analysed and sent to the doctor within 24 hours.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a quick and painless way to assess the rate, rhythm and electrical activity of the heart. This allows the physician to check for cardiac arrhythmias, palpitations and the effectiveness of medication. This is a simple procedure, where the patient rests on a bed for a few minutes with a series of electrodes attached to their chest.

7-DAY TAPE

A 7-day tape monitor provides a constant recording of the patient’s heart over a seven-day period. It is a safe and painless recording that involves wearing a small monitor attached to the chest. While wearing the monitor, the patient is instructed to carry out normal daily activities.

The doctor may request this monitor when symptoms are less frequent and more difficult to capture using other monitors. This is mainly used to assess arrhythmias and palpitations.

After the monitor is returned the results will be analysed and sent to a doctor within one to two working days.

ECHOCARDIOGRAM

An echocardiogram is a painless ultrasound scan of the heart. This helps examine the chambers, valves and major blood vessels of the heart. The scan helps look for valve regurgitation, heart chamber function, heart size, infections, hypertension and clots in the heart.

The test is conducted lying down on a bed, with electrodes attached to the shoulders and chest with wires. A colourless, painless gel is then applied to the chest, allowing the technician to take pictures of it. This diagnostic procedure usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about our Cardiology facilities at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, or to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants, please call 01732 775 800 or alternatively, use our online appointment request form.