GPW-Fed run a very successful telephone Tele-ECG service where Wirral GPs can refer a patient for ECG testing in a number of easily accessible GP practices in the community, for an ECG that will be reported on quickly. Depending on the outcome of the ECG – either immediate if there are acute concerns or overnight if routine.

This helps with making speedier diagnoses and the patient getting treatment sooner.

The waiting time for an appointment is normally within a couple of days.

Patients attend for an appointment with a nurse; the ECG is recorded and sent via telephone immediately, to a cardiac centre in Manchester, where it is reported on by highly qualified/experienced cardiology clinicians.

The benefit of this service is that patients are seen quicker and managed sooner in a community setting without having to attend a hospital, and the patient and the GP having to wait a number of weeks for a result.