Our Service - What is Involved?
On referral, each person will attend the clinic for testing that takes around two hours. This involves a detailed questionnaire; risk assessments; cognitive and retinal (eye) testing. Blood and urine samples may also be collected at this appointment if required.
Home blood pressure monitoring
People are then provided with a blood pressure device to self monitor over a 7 day period.
If you are interested in purchasing your own device for ongoing home BP monitoring, we recommend using a validated, automated machine, preferably with storage memory. A list of validated BP devices can be found at http://www.bhsoc.org/bp-monitors/bp-monitors/. Home BP measurements should be taken for 7 days, as advised by your doctor (e.g. before visiting the doctor or after medication change). Measurements should be recorded in a diary or spreadsheet.
For more information about home blood pressure monitoring, visit http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/januaryfebruary/how-to-measure-home-blood-pressure-recommendations-for-healthcare-professionals-and-patients/
24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
People are also fitted with a device that takes recordings at regular intervals over a 24 hour period. This is considered to be the "gold standard" blood pressure test.
After the above tests, people are booked for a consultation with one of our specialist doctors. Following this, each person undergoes as many follow-up appointments as necessary to investigate the clinical situation (goal is as few as possible).
A letter is sent to each person's referring doctor detailing the results of the assessment and recommendations for future management.