Our doctors provide consultations for management of cardiac problems. Patients must be referred by a general practitioner, or specialist physician. A referral/request form must be obtained and supplied on the day of the consultation/echocardiogram service.
- Adult echocardiograms
- Paediatric echocardiograms
- Contrast echocardiograms
- Foetal echocardiograms (20-24 weeks – foetal scans can be performed from 18 weeks gestation until later in the pregnancy if deemed necessary by the referring doctor)
Our echocardiograms are performed by our specialised technicians. Our echocardiograms are performed on our own patients, as deemed necessary by our cardiologists and also outpatient referrals from general practitioners and hospitals.
Our technologists perform the study, the cardiologist reviews the study and a report is forwarded to the referring doctor. Should a serious abnormality be detected, the technicians will always check with the cardiologist on duty, before you leave our practice. For routine results, a patient is referred back to their doctor who can refer to one of our cardiologists at a later date if this is deemed necessary by the referring doctor.
We perform exercise stress testing on our existing patients. A technician assists the doctor to perform this test. Patients are required to dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear (ie joggers). Male patients may be shaved on their chest where electrodes have to be placed.
Your heart rate will be recorded during the test, pre exercise, during exercise and post, rest periods. The result will be forwarded to your referring doctor, and the doctor will discuss your result on the day with you.
We provide 24 hour, 48 hour and 7 day holter monitoring.
A holter monitor is a small portable machine, small enough to be held in the palm of your hand. Our technician will place electrodes onto the chest and connect the leads to these. The machine records the heart rhythms during the period of time it is connected to the patient. Once the time is up, the holter can be unclipped and dropped back into our office for download.
Our technician then downloads the heart rhythm tracings and our doctors then report on these and provide results back to your referring doctor.
ECG & Holter Outpatient Service
(Technician Emily Morris)
Newcastle Adult & Paediatric Heart Centre provides a service for outpatient ECG’s and Holter monitoring performed by our cardiac technician, reported on by our Cardiologists. We perform ECG’s & Holter monitoring on paediatric patients, adult patients and congenital heart disease patients.
Please fax request form to 4969 3835 for the appointment to be made.
Our request forms are available either as an online template compatible with Medical Objects/Best Practice or downloaded from our website or as a hard copy from our office. Please contact our receptionists to obtain request forms either in hard copy or as an online template.
We will accept a referral letter stating ECG OR Holter only required.
All ECG’s & Holter monitoring performed by our technician will be bulk billed. Our technician will be available Thursdays for these appointments. For urgent ECG’s or Holter monitoring please contact our office on 4962 1811.