5. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I eat before the procedure?
Do I need to be sedated for the procedure?
What should you expect?
Please tell the nurse or doctor if you have any allergies or bad reactions to any drugs or other procedures. They will also want to know about any previous similar procedure you may have had. If you have any worries or questions at this stage, do not be afraid to ask. The staff will want you to be as relaxed as possible for the procedure and will not mind answering your questions.
You will be asked to put on a hospital gown for all procedures except ECG. It will be necessary for you to remove any false teeth, contact lenses and in some cases your jewelry, these will be kept safely for you until after the procedure.
What happens after the procedure?
If you are going home after the procedure, it is essential that another adult accompanies you. Once at home, it is important to rest quietly for the rest of the day. Sedation lasts longer than you think, so if you have been given an injection during the examination, you should not:
|Drive a car|
|The effects of the procedure and injection should have worn off by the next day when most patients are able to resume normal activities.
When do I know the results of my procedure?
It is a good idea to have someone with you when you speak to the doctor after the procedure if sedation has been used. People often find they forget everything that has been said to them and many do not remember having the procedure at all.
Details of the results and any necessary treatment should be discussed either with your general practitioner, hospital specialist or whoever recommended you to have the procedure.
|Payments are made prior to the procedure.|
|Personal cheques are not accepted without prior arrangement with the Hospital Management.|
|Most credit cards are accepted, confirm with the cashier.|
The department is open from Monday to Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. , and on Saturday from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (except public Holidays).