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Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)

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General advice for after your procedure

If you have had local anaesthetic throat spray, you cannot have hot food and drink for four hours after your procedure.

Before you go home, please make sure that you are clear which tablets you should continue and which you should stop. Your nurse will tell you this.

General precautions:

For the first 24 hours after your procedure

  • do not drive
  • do not swim
  • do not drink alcohol
  • do not bath or shower without assistance
  • do not return to work
  • do not operate any potentially dangerous devices (i.e. kettles, cookers and irons) as your reflexes may be reduced
  • do not make any life changing decisions, write cheques or sign any legally binding documents in case these are contested
  • do have a responsible adult with you at all times

If you have any concerns, please contact ward K2

Contact details

Ward manager

Ward K2/Cardiology service

Box: 263

Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road Cambridge


Telephone: 01223 256233 Monday to Friday 07:30 to 20:00.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Contact us

Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151