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Arrhythmia clinic referrals

Diagnosing and treating disturbances in heart rhythm

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Referral criteria

Referral to an arrhythmia clinic should be considered for patients with known arrhythmias not responding to treatment, troublesome palpitations and blackouts.

If a patient has a close relative who died suddenly and unexpectedly below the age of 35, referral for screening to look for an inherited condition should be considered.

Where the patient is known to have heart disease (such as a previous heart attack), urgent referral should be considered.

More detailed criteria for referral can be found in chapter 8 of the National Framework for Coronary Heart Disease.

How to refer

  • NHS GP referral

    All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS). Referrals sent by email or post from NHS GPs will not be processed.

    Should you require advice about a patient, please use the advice and guidance facility through e-RS.

  • Non GP and tertiary referrals

    Please email your referral to

    To help us book your patient into the most appropriate clinic, please provide as much information as possible. We may contact the patient before offering an appointment to make sure they're seen at the most suitable clinic.

Referrals from other hospitals must include a completed Inter-Provider Minimum Data Set or ensure that one is sent within 48 hours of referring a patient.

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