Pall Mall pilots first ever North-West ECG testing on school children

We recently partnered with The Oliver King Foundation and Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation to launch an ECG testing pilot on school children to test their heart health.

Our first school to be offered the testing was St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School where we visited on Friday 4th of February. 

As part of the programme, the children were offered the opportunity to have an electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect any irregularities in their heartbeat. This was the first of a kind to take place at a school in the North-West.

Private Consultant Cardiologist Doctor Ayyaz Sultan said: “This pilot is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of checking your heart health. Any child or adult who is actively involved in sports should be tested regularly for any potential heart conditions.”

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to record the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. The purpose of an ECG is to find out if the heart is healthy by detecting irregular heart rhythms and to help diagnose the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or palpitations.

Signals recorded from your heart are displayed on a screen and can be traced out on a piece of paper. An ECG can identify problems with your heart including:

  • A heart attack
  • An enlarged heart that is working under strain
  • Fast, slow or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias

An ECG can also help investigate the cause of chest pains, palpitations, or symptoms such as difficulty in breathing.

Doctor Sultan continued: “During an ECG the heart’s electrical activity is measured through electrodes which are attached to the skin with adhesive pads. These electrodes measure the electrical signals of the heart. These signals are recorded by a machine and are looked at by a Doctor or Nurse to see if they’re unusual.”

The Oliver King Foundation was founded by Mark King, whose son died following a sudden cardiac arrest whilst swimming at King David High School. It has been campaigning around defibrillator accessibility since 2011, saving the lives of 56 people in the process and installing 5,500 new defibrillators across the country.

Founder Mark King said: “We’re incredibly proud to be partnering up with Pall Mall and the 23 Foundation to be able to offer heart screenings for young school children on Merseyside.

“Early detection of heart problems is the key to ensuring people are able to be treated and can live with the problems safely. The biggest challenge we face with heart problems is that we may only find out we have an issue when a serious incident occurs which can seriously limit an individual’s chances of survival.

“We hope that with the help of Pall Mall we are able to roll this programme out so that all young people in Merseyside will be able to be screened to detect issues early.”

At Pall Mall you can expect either the same or next-day medical appoints, with no waiting lists and we don’t require an NHS referral. 

To book a Private ECG at Pall Mall call 0161 394 0319 or enquire online at

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