Cardiology Laboratories provide specialist heart tests for patients across the North West and beyond.

The results we provide give concise and targeted information which doctors, and other health practitioners can then utilise to manage a patient's condition.

The department provides electrocardiograms (ECGs) and blood pressure services to Litherland Town Hall and Maghull Health Centre.

  • 12 lead ECG 
  • Ambulatory ECG Monitoring (24-HR ECG, Event monitoring, Eclipse) 
  • Ambulatory BP Monitoring (24HR blood pressure monitors) 
  • Community ECG analysis 
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Carotid sinus Massage 
  • Exercise Tolerance Testing 
  • Transthoracic Echocardiography
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography
  • Contrast Echocardiography/ Bubble study 
  • Stress Echocardiography 
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Pacemaker Follow up 
  • LINQ implant service

When you attend our department, you will be greeted by our reception staff who will book you in. You will then be called in for testing by a member of staff who will introduce themselves and will explain what the test entails and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Both male and female staff work in the department. If you would prefer a specific gender to perform your test, please inform the department prior to your appointment.

Depending on the complexity of your test you will be seen by either a clinical physiologist or associate practitioner/ assistant technical officers. All staff have received enhanced training to be able to deliver the best possible patient care. 

As this is a teaching hospital you may be seen by a student. Students are easily identifiable by their yellow lanyard. Students will always be supported or supervised by a qualified member of staff, however if they are nearing the end of their training may work independently.

Once your test is complete, in most cases you will be free to leave the department to either go home or to the next area you have been advised to go to. Your results will be stored digitally and attached to your electronic notes. Your doctor will have access to this system. The department no longer provides paper results/ copies.

More information

From your GP

Your GP can directly refer you for an ECG or blood pressure monitor. 

If your GP has referred you for a 24-hour ECG or echocardiogram they are vetted before you are able to book an appointment. 

Once vetting has taken place you will receive a letter on how to book in for your test. This is via the choose and book service. 

From your consultant/hospital doctor

Your consultant or hospital doctor can directly refer you for a test. Once we receive your referral, we will book you into the next available appointment and send you a letter. You will also receive a text message if you have provided us with a mobile number. 

Unfortunately, you are unable to self-refer for any tests within the department. 

All appointments are booked in line with national standards. The average wait for most investigations is four weeks from referral. 

All patients needing an echocardiogram will be seen within six weeks of referral. 

The Cardiology Laboratories are situated in Clinic A and Clinic B on the ground floor.

We also provide community services at:

Litherland Town Hall Health Centre

Hatton Hill Road
L21 9JN

Maghull Health Centre

L31 0DJ


All qualified staff are required to register with the academy of healthcare science professional register. This can be found on The Academy For Healthcare Science - AHCS website.


British Heart Foundation website has more information on conditions, the types of tests we perform and the role of a clinical physiologist. 


We are accredited with the British Society of Echocardiography.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a research active trust, supporting and facilitating new innovative ways of providing healthcare to improve patient experience and outcomes. To find out about current research opportunities or register for future studies, please visit the Cardiology Research page.