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Cardiology

Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart including Ischaemic Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Structural and Valve Disease and Hypertension. 

About our Service 

The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) has 17 qualified nurses and a 13 bed ward with 6 beds for patients who have acute cardiac complications. There are an additional 20 Cardiology beds on Ward 16.

Since the opening of our new state of the art Cardiac Centre, a 9 bed day unit, we are able to provide a diagnostic angiography and coronary intervention service (stents). We also provide a Cardiac Pacing Service as well as being able to perform Specialist Echo Examinations.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team consists of a range of healthcare professionals including Nurses, a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and a Dietician who can provide an individualised programme of exercise, education and relaxation. The aim of cardiac rehabilitation is to promote recover and reduce further risk of heart disease and also to restore confidence following a cardiac event, treatment or diagnosis. Referrals to Cardiac Rehabilitation are accepted via your Consultant or GP. For any further information contact the team on 01582 497469.

The services of some of our Cardiology Consultants are also available privately through the L&D's Cobham Clinic.

Clinics

A number of clinics are run by the Cardiology team including:

  • General Cardiology clinics (new and follow up)
  • Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
  • Rapid Access Suspected Heart Failure Clinic
  • Specialist Arrhythmia Clinic
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Open Access Echo Clinic 

 

Procedures Arranged On Site

  • Twelve lead ECGs
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Specialist echocardiogram including stress echo and transoesphageal echo
  • 1-7 day ECG recording
  • Cardiac event recording
  • Exercise testing
  • Tilt testing
  • 24 hour blood pressure monitoring
  • CT coronary angiography
  • Myocardial perfusion scanning (performed in the Nuclear Medicine Department)
  • Diagnostic coronary angiography
  • Coronary angioplasty (stents)
  • Cardiac pacing and monitoring service
  • DC Cardioversion 

 

Procedures Arranged Off Site

  • Complex device insertion
  • Electrophysiological studies and intervention
  • Cardiac MRI (local service planned for 2017)

 

Contact Us 

For any general enquiries please contact the Cardiology Department Reception on 01582 497187. 

Consultants