Pulmonary hypertension service
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The Pulmonary Hypertension Service at St George’s is developing rapidly. This service provides diagnosis, treatment, long term support and advice to patients with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) or suspected PH in collaboration with The Royal Brompton Hospital.
How to get an appointment
In order to arrange an appointment with us, you must be entitled to NHS care and should be registered with a GP in the UK. We would need a referral letter from your GP or hospital consultant. This can be sent by fax or post. It is important that your GP includes copies of all recent investigations or assessments.
If all the above is in order, we will make an appointment to see you at the hospital
Your first appointment
The first appointment may be at our outpatient clinic which runs every Wednesday afternoon where you will meet the PH team.
We may ask you to have some initial tests such as a Chest Xray, echocardiogram (ECHO) and an Electrocardiograph (ECG). You will also have the opportunity to talk to staff providing psychological and social support.
The PH outpatient clinic provides on-going support and treatment for existing patients.
Further assessments and investigations
- We may need to do a number of tests, but be assured that we only do tests necessary to assess your health.
- If a diagnosis of PH is made you case will be discussed at our joint multidisciplinary team meeting. You will usually spend one day at the Royal Brompton Hospital to initiate therapy. After this you will be regularly reviewed by the team at St George’s Hospital.
Further assessments and investigations will help us to decide if you need treatment with specialist drugs. Your treatment will be:
- Available for routine use on the NHS to treat PH.
- Supported by the latest scientific evidence
If you need a referral to another specialist for further treatment, we will discuss this with you.
- Your GP and Hospital Consultant will usually be responsible for your long term support.
- We may ask you to return to clinic for a check-up at regular intervals. Intervals can be three, six or twelve monthly and will depend on your treatment and care plan.
If you are acutely unwell at home, you should contact your GP in the first instance. Your GP can then contact us for further advice regarding your care.
Meet the team
- Professor Brendan Madden (SpR)
- Emily Shaw – Pulmonary Hypertension Nurse Specialist
- Kathryn Koh – Matron of Cardiovascular Services
- Kayleigh Barnett / Sally Webb – P.A to Professor Madden
Please contact the PH office for information or advise on:
020 8672 1255 ext: 1094
Emily (PH Nurse Specialist) – BLEEP: 6037 OR email: Emily.Shaw@stgeorges.nhs.uk