Service overview - Cardiology

Our cardiology teams provide medical care to patients who have heart or circulation problems. Patients are treated on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Outpatient: a short visit to hospital that lasts no more than a day.
Inpatient: hospital visit that requires at least one night's stay on a ward.

Typical procedures performed in the cardiology department include the following:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) and exercise tests to measure heart function.
  • Echocardiograms (ultrasound scan of the heart).
  • Scans of the carotid artery in your neck to determine stroke risk.
  • 24-hour blood pressure tests.
  • Insertion of pacemakers.
  • Cardiac catheterisation (coronary angiography) to see if there are any blocks in your arteries.
  • MRI scans.
  • Myocardial perfusion scans.
  • Radionuclide tests.

Dr Henry Oluwasefunmi Savage MD MRCP CAS-HF (Zurich) consultant cardiologist and heart failure lead at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre features in a video about heart failure, below. You can read more about the campaign at the BSH website https://www.bsh.org.uk/the-f-word/ 

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Basildon Hospital - Cardiac Centre and Cardiology Services

Who the service is for

Patients with cardiology problems requiring outpatient assessment and investigations, patients with acute cardiac problems requiring inpatient treatment and patients requiring rehabilitation following heart surgery or coronary intervention.


About the service

The Cardiology Department offers tests, investigations and treatment for adult patients with all kinds of cardiac problems including acute coronary syndrome such as unstable angina, and rehabilitation for patients following heart surgery or coronary intervention.

The service includes:

General cardiology clinics providing outpatient clinical assessment and investigations.

Rapid access chest pain clinics providing clinical assessment for patients with suspected angina.

Transient loss of consciousness/syncope clinics providing cardiovascular assessment for patients experiencing blackouts suspected to be due to a cardiac cause.

A range of procedures including day-case cardioversion for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation, diagnostic cardiac catheterisation, coronary angiography, permanent pacemaker implantation, stress echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography.

James Mackenzie Ward providing inpatient care for patients experiencing all types of acute cardiac problems including acute coronary syndrome (not ST-elevation MI), rhythm or valve disorders and heart failure deterioration.

Cardiac rehabilitation, offered to patients who have had heart surgery such as a coronary artery bypass graft, valve surgery or a heart transplant, and patients who have had coronary intervention.

Cardiac investigations provided by the cardiac physiology service.


Cardiothoracic Services

Cardiothoracic services are provided from The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC). The CTC provides services for people living in Essex and accepts referrals from outside the county.

Services provided:

Cardiovascular surgery including minimal access valve surgery
Dedicated Consultant Anaesthetic team
Specialist perfusion service
Thoracic surgery
Interventional cardiology including angioplasty
Rotablation
PFO (patent foramen ovale) closure
Electrophysiology including AF ablation
Cardiac devices implantation and management, single and dual pacemakers
Arrhythmia management
Diagnostics and imaging such as TTE, TOE, DSE and contrast echo
Consultant-led critical care and high dependency facilities
Outpatient facilities
Rehabilitation including a gym
Heart failure service
Grown Up Congenital Heart disease
Access to cardiac CT, PETCT and lung function testing
Primary angioplasty


Contact

Thames Ward: 01268 524900 ext 4147

Chelmer Ward: 01268 524900 ext 4370

Roding Ward: 01268 524900 ext 4209

Colne Ward: 01268 524900 ext 4293

Arrhythmia nurses: 01268 524900 ext 4021


The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Nethermayne, Basildon
Essex SS16 5NL
Switchboard: 01268 524900

Broomfield Hospital - Cardiology Services

Location: A210
Tel: 01245 514185

Fax 01245 516821

Address
MEHT cardiac services, Destination Number 210, Zone A2, Hospital Wing, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET.


Cardiac Services

Services include:

Full non-invasive service to cardiac and other directorates including:

Non-Invasive

Consultant Led Cardiology Outpatient Clinics 
Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
Echocardiography (TTE)
Pacemaker Follow Up
Excercise Tolerance Testing
24 Hour Heart Monitoring
7 Day Event Recording
Sleep Studies
DC Cardioversion
12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
Stress Echocardiogram

Location : A210
Tel: 01245 514185

Fax 01245 516821

Address
MEHT cardiac services, Destination Number 210, Zone A2, Hospital Wing, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7ET.

Invasive

Myocardial Perfusion Scanning
Pacemaker Insertion
Inpatient Transesophageal Echocardiography (TOE)


Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic

The Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic is a service for patients with new onset of chest pain. Patients are offered an appointment within 2 weeks of referral.
 
GP Referrals to the clinic should be faxed to 01245 516813 please.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Services include:

Cardiac rehabilitation 6 week programme for post MI and post cardiac revascularisation

Links with local cardiac support groups

Education talks for patients with Coronary Heart Disease

Supporting  patients pre & post cardiac intervention and surgery

Providing support and education to patients admitted to hospital with Coronary Heart Disease and on their return to the community

The cardiac rehabilitation team can be contacted on Tel: 01245 516376 or Fax 01245 516360

Southend Hospital - Cardiology Services

Cardiology and respiratory medicine

The diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the heart and lungs.

Our services include:

Cardiac care unit - treating people who have suffered from a heart attack, patients with pacemakers and problems with irregular heart rhythm.

Heart and chest clinic - a specialist department for outpatients which performs a wide range of tests for people with heart and lung conditions.

Rapid access chest pain - a GP referral-only service for men over 30 and women over 40, who have no previous cardiac history and have had chest pain in the last eight weeks


Cardiology

Our cardiology team comprises three consultant cardiologists supported by a team of specialist doctors and nurses, as well as nursing, clerical and management staff. We aim to provide a quality service to patients with a variety of cardiac conditions, and their carers.

The Gordon Hopkins ward provides inpatient care for those patients transferred from the Coronary Care Unit (Sita Lumsden ward) and those patients with a more stable cardiac condition.  A number of cardiology clinics are located within the hospital:

General cardiology clinics and diagnostic testing takes place in the in the heart and chest department on the first floor of the Prittlewell Building. The department is open from 08.30 to 17.00.

Arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation) and heart failure clinics are held in the Cardiac and Medical Day Stay Unit, located on the ground floor of the Prittlewell Building. The department is open from 08.30 to 17.00.

Advanced echocardiography (including trans-oesophageal echocardiography, contrast studies and stress echocardiograms) are held in our echocardiography department, located on the ground floor of the Prittlewell Building. The department is open from 08.30 to 17.00.

Invasive diagnostic procedures (including pacemaker insertions) are performed in the cardiac catheter laboratory located in the X-Ray department on the first floor of the Prittlewell Building, adjacent to the heart and chest department.

Nuclear cardiology studies are performed in the nuclear medicine department, located on the ground floor of the Prittlewell Building. The department is open from 08.30 to 17.00.

CT scan-based calcium scoring and angiograms are performed in the CT scan suite, located on the ground floor of the Prittlewell Building. The department is open from 08.30 to 17.00.


Respiratory medicine

The diagnosis and management of all the common respiratory disorders.These include COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asthma, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, mesothelioma, TB, bronchiectasis, sleep and ventilatory disorders, pulmonary vascular disease and pleural (lung) disease. Our sleep apnoea service is one of the largest in theUKand we have a 'hospital at home' scheme for our COPD patients.


FADS

FADS is a support group run by medical professional and volunteers and is dedicated to providing support and reassurance to people with implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The group is run by two dedicated cardiac physiologists and meets every four months. Each meeting covers a different topic relating to ICDs and guest speakers may also appear.


PACERS

PACERS is a support group run by medical professional and volunteers and is dedicated to providing support and reassurance to people with pacemakers. The group is run by two dedicated cardiac physiologists and meets every four months. Each meeting covers a different topic relating to ICDs and guest speakers may also appear.


Contact us

Cardiac and medical day stay: 01702 435555 ext 6424/5525

Coronary care unit (Sita Lumsden ward): 01702 385026

Echocardiography department: 01702 435555 ext 8185

Gordon Hopkins ward: 01702 385119

Heart & chest department: 01702 435555 ext 6091/5031

ICD follow-up clinic: 01702 385503


Cardiac Catheterisation Lab

The cardiac catherisation suite or cath lab is situated on the 1 st floor x-ray dept at Southend Hospital and is a specialised fluoroscopy ( x-ray imaging) suite.

Here we perform diagnostic cardiac catheterisation to visulaise the arteries of the heart. We also perform other cardiac procedures such as the insertion of permanent pacemakers and pacemaker box changes under fluoroscopic guidance.