Dr Raj Khiani
BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCP CONSULTANT CARDIOLOGIST
020 3598 9200 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Changes to Private Clinics in Response to Covid-19
I am writing to inform you that even though usual Outpatients Clinics have been suspended, I am still accepting new patient referrals and seeing follow-up patients. I am conducting consultations as telephone and video-link appointments via our Virtual Clinics. These types of appointments have been agreed upon by most of the health insurance companies, in order to safeguard patients in these difficult times. The platform used for our virtual clinics is secure, encrypted and free to download.
Face to Face Clinics
I have restarted seeing some patients in face to face clinics. If you would prefer to be seen this way over a virtual appointment, then please mention this when booking your appointment. During the clinic, appropriate precautions are being taken to ensure your safety, including: temperature checks, wearing of face masks, social distancing and cleaning of consulting rooms between appointments.
Use of New Technology
I have introduced both the AliveCor Kardia Electrode and the Zio patch to allow remote monitoring in the era of lockdown and social distancing.
The Kardia 6L electrode is a novel technology which allows the patient to record their own ECG using a smartphone or tablet. A PDF of the ECG can then be emailed for consultant review.
The Zio is delivered to the patient, who applies the adhesive patch directly to the chest wall. A holter can then record for between 1 to 14 days, after which the patch will then be sent in the post for analysis.
Cardiac Diagnostics and Urgent Cardiac Procedures
Most of the private providers are now open for the care of private patients. This means that there is now rapid access for diagnostic investigations and cardiac procedures if required.