White Coat Syndrome, also known as White Coat Hypertension or the White Coat Effect, describes a patient experiencing high blood pressure and anxiety when in a clinical situation.
The condition is not uncommon, with as many as 1 in 8 people experiencing White Coat Syndrome.
As well as being potentially upsetting for patients, higher blood pressure as the result of White Coat Syndrome can lead to procedures or treatments being postponed or cancelled where a higher blood pressure reading indicates a potential risk.
At Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, we will do all we can to help alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety within these clinical situations, including:
Under NHS England guidance, if you have recently travelled to an affected area, your surgery will be delayed until two weeks after your return. If you feel unwell or develop symptoms during this period, please telephone NHS 111 or your normal general practice surgery. Click here for more information.