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Electrocardiogram (ECG)


What is an Electrocardiogram (ECG) ?


An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that examines the electrical conduction of the heart by looking at the heart rhythm. 


How is the ECG procedure done?

    • The patient lies down on the bed and ten small electrodes are placed in certain areas on the chest, arms and legs.
    • Wires are then attached to these electrodes and a ten second ECG is performed as the patient lies still.
    • The ECG is quick and painless and generally only takes a couple of minutes.

How do I prepare for the test?

    • There is no preparation for an ECG.

When will I receive my results?

The Technician who performs the procedure will arrange for a Cardiologist to review the results immediately.  A report will be forwarded to your referring Doctor however and this report will usually be available within 24-48 hours.


What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Your referral from your GP or referring specialist (if it is not already held by us). 


Please ensure you present at reception 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, to ensure sufficient time to complete any paperwork which may be required.


Confirmation of your appointment:

One of our receptionists will telephone you to confirm your appointment at least 2 days prior, however should you have not heard from us, we recommend you telephone us to confirm you will be attending.


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please telephone us at least 24 hours prior to the appointment date, so that the booking time may be filled.


Appointment Delays:

We do endeavour to keep to schedule, however as we are in a hospital environment our Doctors and/or Technicians may occasionally be called to an emergency.  Your understanding and patience will be appreciated.