Outpatient Echocardiography Service – APPROVED (December 2022)


Echocardiography (an ultrasound on your heart) is a diagnostic test within Cardiology. There is a national target that patients have this test within 6 weeks of referral. Due to staffing issues the current wait for this diagnostic test is 11 weeks. Currently the outpatient echo cardiography service is provided at both hospital sites (Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital). The service operates Monday – Friday (9am-5pm).

The proposed temporary service change will transfer all outpatients Echocardiography Service to the Princess Royal Hospital until March/April 2023. During this time a dedicated clinic will be held at RSH for our Welsh patients until the backlog is cleared, initially weekly and then fortnightly. The Trust will continue to provide a daily inpatient echocardiography service at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (no change to current service provision).

Please note: Below is a draft Equality and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA).  This document will be discussed and approved at the Public Assurance Forum on the 9th January 2023.

For more information, please click on the presentation link below.

Click here to view the Echocardio Service Change Presentation
Click here to view the Echocardio Engagement Plan