Community Arrhythmia Diagnostic Service

GP Care’s Community Arrhythmia Diagnostic Service is a rapid access community based service, which is available to NHS patients registered in South Gloucestershire.

The Service is currently delivered from 3 locations:

  • Christchurch Family Medical Centre, Downend;
  • West Walk Surgery, Yate;
  • Almondsbury Surgery, Almondsbury.

What are palpitations?

Palpitations are common.  This happens when you feel the sensation of your own heartbeat.  This test has been arranged to ensure any necessary treatment can be started, however in the majority of cases, treatment is not required.

Arrhythmia is when the heart beats at an irregular or unusual rate.  During an episode of arrhythmia you may feel faint or dizzy and may experience palpitations; this is because the irregular heartbeats are affecting the blood flow around your body. 

Most arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be more serious.  Therefore it is important for you to have further tests so that your GP can fully assess your symptoms.

The GP Care Arrhythmia Service

The timing of palpitations/arrhythmia episodes is unpredictable and therefore it can be difficult obtaining test results via conventional hospital based equipment.

The GP Care service provides an innovative way of testing for arrhythmia using a high specification watch-like device that can easily capture intermittent arrhythmia episodes in a way that is convenient for the patient.

The ECG Watch?

An ECG Watch is fitted to the patient for up to 7 days.  The patient will record 2 – 5 episodes of abnormal rhythm. The data is uploaded and analysed before a report is sent to the referring GP.

The Arrhythmia Appointment

  • A twenty minute appointment with one of our trained HCA’s;
  • explanation of how and when to use the watch;
  • details on how to return the watch;
  • what happens after the patient has finished with the watch.

Booking an appointment

GP's can book an appointment by calling GP Care on 0333 332 2100 (08:00-18.00) and informing the patient of the appointment time and location.

NB: If the GP calls after hours and there is no answer at GP Care then the GP advises the patient that GP Care will telephone the patient as soon as possible on the next working day and ensures the telephone number that the patient will be contactable on is written on the Patient Record Card;

The GP then completes sections 1 and 2 of the Arrythmia Patient Record Card, immediately faxes to GP Care on 0845 468 2101 and gives the original to the Patient to take to the Appointment.

“Very easy and very fast - thank you”


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