Approximately 7300 new out-patient Cardiology referrals were seen within the Trust last year. We answer all forms of general cardiology questions and offer specialist clinics in Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Electrophysiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. There is a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic that is currently meeting the two-week target at both Hospitals. Specialist cardiac nurses provide an excellent, integrated cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure service across the county which is highly praised by the patients. We have recently started a dedicated heart rhythm disorder clinic run by our new arrhythmia specialist nurse.
Consultant-led outreach cardiology clinics are provided at Newtown, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch Hospitals. An outreach community echocardiography service is also provided by our Senior Cardiorespiratory Physiologists in Oswestry under the close support of the Consultant Cardiology body.
Invasive cardiology service
Invasive diagnostic cardiac catheterisation, complex device (i.e. implantable cardiac defibrillator and cardiac resynchronisation therapy) and bradycardia-pacemaker implantations are undertaken in our dedicated cardiac catheter laboratory at the Princess Royal Hospital; supported by a dedicated cardiology day-case unit.
Cardiac Imaging service
Our Cardio Respiratory department is staffed by a team of committed and experienced Physiologists, the majority of whom have British Society of Echocardiography accreditation. It operates as a single team that works across both Hospitals. It is equipped with eight echo machines supporting 3D-echo, trans-oesophageal echocardiography, Dobutamine stress echocardiography and contrast echocardiography. The department has a reputation for excellence and is one of only five in the United Kingdom to have been awarded Advanced-level Departmental Accreditation by the British Society of Echocardiography.
The Trust has a well-established Cardiac CT service. This allows us to image the blood supply to the heart without the need for a more invasive procedure and is particularly suitable for lower-risk patients. In addition we provide a Cardiac MRI service. This state-of-the-art imaging will allow more precise assessment of people’s hearts for many of the inherited heart muscle conditions which are increasingly in the headlines (e.g. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy).
The department provides Cardiology teaching for Keele undergraduate medical students. The course is one of the most highly rated in the country by its own students.