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Frequently asked questions - Screening

  • Am I too old for a heart screening?

    We recommend heart screenings for young athletes between 14 and 35, but we can perform heart screenings for people 35 and over. However, it is worth noting that causes of sudden cardiac death can be different in people under 35 and over 35.

    A heart screening for over 35s is useful to exclude inherited heart conditions.

  • Do I have to have a heart screening if I am part of a club?

    Some professionals do require heart screenings. The European Society of Cardiology and the International Olympic Committee recommend cardiac screening for any young person taking part in competitive sport.

    FIFA and UEFA regulations say first squad players at a football club that participates in international competition must have a minimum of one ECG and one echocardiogram in their personal medical records.

  • What is an athlete's heart?

    Your heart changes when you exercise, this is known as an athlete’s heart. Dr. Kenny’s expertise in sport cardiology helps to avoid mislabelling a normal person as having an abnormal heart condition or missing an underlying serious heart condition in someone with a true abnormality.

  • What are the risks of doing a heart screening?

    No heart screening can be 100% accurate. There are some heart conditions that the screening cannot detect, particularly in older people.

    However, at HeartScan your heart screening will be performed to the highest standards laid down by the British Society of Echocardiography. HeartScan is the only private provider in the UK to be awarded British Society of Echocardiography Departmental Advanced Accreditation.

    If the heart screening does identify an underlying heart condition, it can also have implications for your job, life assurance/insurance and mortgage applications.

    Most patients find that everything is normal. If we do find a heart abnormality, it means that you can access early treatment for something that otherwise could have gone undetected.

  • Car parking and public transport

    Car Parking
    Permit parking covers most of the Osborne Avenue area on Mon – Sat between 7.30 to 9.30am and from 5pm to 10pm.


    The main exception to this is metered parking alongside Newcastle Cricket Club on Osborne Avenue, just a couple of hundred yards from the Osborne Clinic.  It costs 50p per hour and charges are in force Mon – Sat until 6.30pm.

    Metro Stations
    The nearest station is Jesmond.

    Bus Routes
    There are bus stops at both ends of Osborne Avenue: services pass along Jesmond Road (stop: Cradlewell) and Osborne Road (stop: Cherry Tree restaurant/Clayton Road).

  • Costs

    Private Echocardiography

    HeartScan prides itself on providing superior specialist Echo services at very competitive costs. State-of-the-art equipment is used and advanced Echo techniques employed to provide a very detailed assessment of your heart structure and function.

    The total cost (including specialist report) for an Echo for self-funding patients is £390.

    Sports Screening
    HeartScan’s sports screening package provides state of the art cardiac screening using detailed ultrasound imaging of the heart (echocardiography), an electrocardiogram (ECG) and a specially designed questionnaire. This package, which includes a specialist report by Dr. Kenny, has been competitively priced at £445 per screening.

    Screening is performed for individuals at The Osborne Clinic, Jesmond.

    Group and club bookings are welcomed. Mobile screening clinics can also be provided at clubs facilitating group screenings.  Special rates are available for group bookings.  Please call Dr. Kenny to discuss.

    Insured patients:

    HeartScan is recognised and approved by Bupa and other leading private healthcare providers.  Our charges for the services we provide are agreed with the medical insurance companies.

    If you have private medical insurance you should contact your insurance company prior to your appointment in order to obtain a pre-authorisation code.

    We will invoice the insurance company directly on your behalf.  However, please note that the ultimate responsibility for payment lies with you and you will therefore be responsible for any shortfall should your insurance company fail to cover the full amount.

    Self-funding patients
    We welcome self-funding patients.

    Please note that if you do not hold private medical insurance you will be responsible for all costs incurred as a self-funding patient.

    We require that self-funding patients settle all accounts on the day of consultation.

  • Feedback

    The quality of care that we provide is of fundamental importance to us and therefore we value your views on our services.

    We welcome and encourage all patients and service users to comment on the care they have received.

    We will take each comment or suggestion seriously and act upon them wherever possible to improve our services.

    To leave feedback, please visit our contact page and fill in the contact form.

  • Complaints procedures

    If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received please let us know.

    We continually strive to ensure that the care you receive is of the highest quality. When there has been cause for concern we will acknowledge our shortcomings and aim to rectify things as quickly as possible. We are committed to use the lessons learnt to improve the quality of our services accordingly.

    You should address your concern in writing to Dr. Kenny, Director of Heartscan. She will make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly and in the correct way.

  • Patient information leaflets

    Sports Cardiology Screening

    Further information about this service can be found in our patient information leaflet which you can download here.

    Medical Questionnaire

    HeartScan’s medical questionnaire for sports screening can be found here.


    Further information about this service can be found in our patient information leaflet which you can download here.


    Further information about this service can be found in our patient information leaflet which you can download here.

  • Registration Forms/Terms and Conditions

    Sports Screening Registration Form

    HeartScan’s sports screening client registration form can be downloaded here.

    Sports Screening Terms and Conditions

    HeartScan’s sports screening terms and conditions can be downloaded here.




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