The Cardiac Investigations Department and Angiography Suite

We are a highly specialist cross-site team providing diagnostic testing of the heart.

The Cardiac Investigations team comprises Cardiac Physiologists/Clinical Scientists, Cardiographers and our wonderful administration team at both Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals.

We provide the following tests for our patients:

ECG services

Our super friendly team of cardiographers, associate practitioners and cardiac physiologists provide the following services at both Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke sites.

We provide:

  •   Full disclosure 24-hour ECG monitoring (aka. 24-hour tapes) for inpatients  
  • 24/48/72/7-day full disclosure tapes for outpatients  
  • Designated tape clinics for our stroke patients for detection of atrial fibrillation 
  • 7-32 day patient activated event recorders (which have up to 5 minute pre-event loop function) for patients with infrequent symptoms such as blackouts  
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  •  Exercise tolerance tests (aka. An ‘ETT’ or ‘treadmill test’) 
  • AliveCor Kardia ECG devices for up to six weeks

Echocardiography services 

Our team of British Society of Echocardiography accredited Cardiac Physiologists and Cardiac Clinical Scientists provide the following services to our patients across both hospital sites and standard echocardiography services in the community. 

We provide: 

  • Standard trans-thoracic echocardiography to current British Society of Echocardiography standards
  • Community echocardiography clinics at several sites including Stamford Hospital, Doddington Community Hospital, The Johnson Community Hospital (Spalding) and St Ives Community Clinic. In addition to this we also provide clinics at some of our local GP surgeries including The Deepings Practice in Market Deeping and Thistlemoor Medical centre in Peterborough.
  • Contrast echo and bubble saline contrast echo studies - Physiologist led
  • Dobutamine stress echocardiography – both consultant and clinical scientist led
  • Exercise stress echo (treadmill/bike) – both consultant and clinical scientist led
  • Physiologist-led follow-up echocardiography clinics for those with heart valve disease (Valve assessment clinics)
  • Consultant and clinical scientist led trans-oesophageal echocardiography
  • We also work alongside Dr Bolger and the Grown-Up Congenital Heart team at Glenfield, providing echocardiography services for the Peterborough outreach clinics every eight weeks 

Pacemaker services

Our dedicated team of specialist pacemaker cardiac physiologists currently provide the following services:

  • Pacemaker implantation (alongside our angiography team colleagues)
  • Pacemaker follow up services
  • Community pacemaker follow up clinics at several sites including Stamford Hospital, Doddington Community Hospital, The Johnson Community Hospital (Spalding), North Cambs Hospital Wisbech and Rutland Memorial Hospital Oakham
  • Loop recorder implant (alongside our angiography colleagues)
  • Loop recorder download and interpretation

In the future we also hope to offer Cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) implants and follow ups. 

Angiography Suite (Peterborough City Hospital only)

Our angiography suite comprises of a newly refurbished specialist lab where several more invasive cardiology procedures are undertaken as well as a six bed day case recovery ward. 

Services we offer:

  • Diagnostic angiography (left and right heart catheterisation)·Pacemaker implantation
  • Loop recorder implantation
  • Cardioversion
  • Pericardiocentesis

Our team organise all of the pre-assessment appointments for the above procedures.

We also support our Cardiac Investigations colleagues with Transoesophageal echo, Stress echo and contrast/bubble echo studies.

We support our cardiology consultants/registrars during their cardiology outpatient clinics.

Our nurses support both the cardiac CT service at Peterborough Hospital and also the myocardial perfusion (MIBI) service with our Diagnostic imaging and Cardiac Investigations colleagues. 

Head of Department: Michaèl Purdon     

Head of Pacing: Emily Atkinson 

Head of Echo: Shaun Robinson

Location:

Peterborough City Hospital - Core B level 1

Hinchingbrooke - Ground floor, Treatment centre

Telephone numbers:

Appointment queries – Hinchingbrooke Hospital: 01480 428989

Appointment queries - Peterborough City Hospital: 01733 678060

Pacemaker helpline: 01733 678059

Head of department: Melissa Fisher

Location:

Access via The Cardiac Investigations Department, core B level 1 Peterborough City Hospital

Telephone number:

Contact number: 01733 673793

For Patients

Arrhythmia alliance UK - https://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/uk

British Heart Rhythm Society - https://bhrs.com/

British Society of Echocardiography – https://www.bsecho.org/

Heart Failure Foundation (Pumping Marvellous) – https://pumpingmarvellous.org/

Heart Valve voice – https://heartvalvevoice.com/

The Registration Council for Clinical Physiology - https://www.rccp.co.uk/

For those interested in a career in cardiac physiology

The Academy for Healthcare Science - https://www.ahcs.ac.uk/

Society for Cardiological Science and Technology - https://scst.org.uk