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Your pacemaker will be checked by a cardiac physiologist, who will then arrange for you to have a further pacemaker check approximately six to eight weeks after the implant date. They will give you a pacemaker identification card with the details of your device. Keep this card with you at all times.
You will have an X Ray taken which is checked by a doctor.
The nurse will clean the wound and apply a new dry dressing. You should be given two new dressings to take home: please ask the nurse if this does not happen.
Always wash your hands before caring for your wound. Leave the dressing on for the first two days, then replace the dressing and keep covered for a further two days. After this you may leave the wound without a dressing.
Keep an eye on the wound site over the next five days. If you have any bleeding or discharge, or notice any redness or swelling, opening of the wound, or excessive tenderness, please contact the Cardiac Care Unit.
As well as wound care, long term it is important to have good dental hygiene, have regular check ups with your dentist and to avoid body tattoos or body piercings.
A detailed report will be sent to your GP which will be copied to you.
If the hospital doctor would like to see you again in the outpatients clinic, an appointment will be sent out to you through the post.
Please help yourself to any of the information booklets available on the ward.
Feel free to talk to your nurse about any concerns you may have or any health education you feel you may benefit from.
If you have any concerns about your wound site, or specific to your cardiac procedure during your first week at home, please contact us.
Telephone number: 01273 696955, extension 4484. You can call this number at any time.
Other useful contacts are:
The Cardiac Device Team 01273 696955, extension 4090. Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
For more general concerns, please contact your GP.
We recognise that coming to hospital can sometimes be difficult and we are here to help, should you need it.
If you have any issues or concerns about your care it is always best to speak initially to the person in charge of the ward or department. If you’re not happy with their response, please do get in touch with PALS.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: July 2020
Review Date: April 2023