White Coat Syndrome

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.


How we can help

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, we will do all we can to help alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety within these clinical situations, including:


For more information about how we can help, or to get referred to us, speak to our friendly team on
0333 321 8278, or use this page’s enquiry form.

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Please note that our clinical outpatient and administrative departments will close for Easter from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April inclusive. Our ward remains open and available for any inpatient clinical enquiries over the Easter period.

Our other phone lines will reopen and normal activity will resume on Tuesday 23 April.

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