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REFERRAL GUIDELINES : SUGGESTED ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO REFERRAL

WHO TO REFER / SUGGESTED ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO REFERRAL / HOW TO REFER / WHO TO SCREEN


  • We prefer if all patients have been seen by consultants in Cardiology or Respiratory
  • All patients should have an ECG, chest X-ray, spirometry, transthoracic echocardiogram
  • Other investigations (CTPA, HRCT, sleep studies, etc.) may be indicated to assess for associated disorders.
  • Please, however, do not delay referrals for extensive investigation if it is clear that PH is the dominant problem.  In particular, we prefer to perform right heart catheterisation at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
  • We consider VQ or Q scans as an essential part of the diagnostic process for all patients with unexplained PH. However we do not have access to Nuclear Medicine investigations on site at the Golden Jubilee. Therefore we request that any patients accepted for further assessment have this performed at their base hospital, the images uploaded to PACS and written report forwarded to us.
  • Please include copies of the most recent echocardiograms with the referral.

 

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