Cardiovascular

We are one of the country’s leading specialist centres, offering contemporary, state-of-the-art treatments for the full range of heart conditions. Our patients come first and we provide the highest standards of clinical care and world-class facilities.

We serve our local communities, in London and Essex, and also attract people from the rest of the UK.

We offer specialist services for diseases and conditions of the heart. We have 880 dedicated professionals, working together for our patients’ benefit. Our multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, specialist nurses, radiographers, exercise physiologists, cardiac physiologists, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, operating department assistants, perfusionists and psychologist.

The Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is now open, bringing together services and staff from The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green and The Heart Hospital in the West End. More information on Barts Heart Centre, the services it offers and contact details can be found here.

Our mission is to ensure that you will experience the best possible outcome for your condition, in comfortable surroundings, with access to the very latest investigations and treatments. Our patients are in experienced, capable hands – and the success survival rates are well above the national average. 

We provide cardiovascular services from:

  • Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew's
  • Newham University Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital

Additional services are run by Barts Health staff at University College Hospital. This includes extensive inpatient and outpatient services.

For patients

At Barts Health our aim is to provide the best medical care to our patients. Our teams provide a dedicated service to patients supported by the latest technology and treatments.

The Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is now open, bringing together services and staff from The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green and The Heart Hospital in the West End. More information on Barts Heart Centre, the services it offers and contact details can be found here.

Support services

We offer our cardiovascular patients a range of support services to help with every stage of the journey, from diagnosis to rehabilitation.

Advanced nurse practitioners/clinical nurse specialists

These are specialist nurses with advanced knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective patient-centred care as part of the team. This can be from the patient’s first appointment, whether in the heart rhythm clinic, the chest pain clinic, or pre-admission clinic, for a simple test like a coronary angiogram, or surgical procedure like cardiac bypass surgery.

Cardiac rehabilitation course

Our cardiac rehabilitation programme is for local patients who have had chest pain, a heart attack and any other heart condition (eg heart failure or certain heart rhythm problems). They are designed to help you learn more about your heart and how to reduce the risk of future heart problems as well as providing emotional support. It involves education sessions, relaxation and physical exercise. 

For further details call 020 3465 6593 or fax 020 3465 6167.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic will move from The London Chest to The Royal London. Classes currently held at Whitechapel Sports Centre will stay the same.

Patients admitted from central London or north London will be referred to their local rehabilitation team. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic for Camden and Islington Patients is held at:

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute 
67 Chenies Mews 
London, WC1E 6HX

Te: 020 3447 9951
Email: cvhealth@uclh.nhs.uk

Cardiac rehabilitation course (Bengali) 

To reflect the cultural needs of our local community we have also developed an award winning and innovative course designed for Bengali patients with dedicated Health Advocates.

Patients admitted from central or north London will be referred to their local rehabilitation team. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic for Camden and Islington patients are held at:

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute 
67 Chenies Mews 
London, WC1E 6HX

Tel: 020 3447 9951
Email: cvhealth@uclh.nhs.uk
Visit the UCLH website for information on the Cardiac Rehab Service

The Royal London Hospital (Bengali advocate) 
Tel: 020 7377 7344 

Patient care advisors

After you are referred to us, you will be assigned a patient care advisor. Your advisor will become your single point of contact for any queries that you or your relatives have about your care.

Physiologists

Our team includes cardiac physiologists who work closely with the cardiologists to help perform diagnostic tests (both invasive and non invasive). Our patients also benefit from working with exercise physiologists (who have expertise in the way the body responds to movement and exercise).

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists have an important role to play in the care of people of all ages who have lost movement or ability following an accident or illness. Using their specialist skills in exercise, movement, electrotherapy and manual techniques such as manipulation and mobilisation, they help patients resume as active and independent a life as possible.

What happens if you need surgery

During the operation

During most heart operations a heart/lung bypass machine is used. This acts for the heart and lungs during the operation. Your blood flows through the machine where it receives oxygen and is then pumped back to the body, bypassing the heart. This allows your surgeon to operate on your heart without interfering with the blood supply to the body.

After the operation

After some heart operations, you will immediately be transferred to the intensive treatment unit, where you will be cared for and closely observed, usually for 6-24 hours. Then you will probably be transferred to the high dependency or coronary care unit.

After heart surgery, any pain or discomfort will be taken care of by the perioperative medicine team which includes highly trained nurses and consultant anaesthetists, using pain relieving tablets.

Grown-up congenital heart disease

The service, which transferred from the Heart Hospital to Barts Heart Centre in May 2015, continues to provide seamless care between childhood and adulthood for those born with heart disease via a well established transition program with Great Ormond St Hospital.

The service provides all aspects of care for adults with congenital heart disease and has been given level one specialist centre designation by NHS England to continue providing surgical and catheter intervention treatments.

There are state of the art inpatient and outpatients facilities within the new King George Vth building on the Barts site, which opened its doors to cardiac services in 2015.

Specialist care

The GUCH service offers all aspects of specialist care for adults with congenital heart disease including;

  • Heart Surgery
  • Catheter diagnosis and treatment – “keyhole valve procedures”
  • Heart Rhythm services including ablation treatments
  • Pulmonary hypertension service and advanced drug therapy
  • Inherited Aortopathy service with monitoring and surgery
  • Pregnancy and pre-conception service
  • Heart failure service with heart transplant referral pathways
  • Specialist advanced imaging
  • Outreach outpatients services at Basildon Cardiothoracic centre, Penbury Hospital Tunbridge Wells, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, University College London Hospital, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Outpatient visits

When attending your outpatient appointment, you will be seen by a consultant on most occasions, but sometimes by a clinical fellow in training who will discuss any management plan with the supervising consultant. Most often an echocardiogram is performed on the day but if you live near the hospital you may be called for the echo prior.  A specialist nurse is present in all clinics and they will be there to help you understand your heart condition and or answer any queries you might have after you’ve seen the doctor.

Inpatient stays

If you require admission for any reason, you will reviewed and admitted under the on-call GUCH consultant cardiologist and seen daily by one of the GUCH team.

How to contact us

Clinical Nurse Specialist Team (Mon – Fri  0900 -1700)
Call 020 3765 8608. Please leave a message on the Answer Machine and you will be called back within 24 hrs (during office hours)

Urgent contact for Healthcare Professionals and/or admitted patients
Call 07776181469 or email GUCHClinicalNurseSpecialists@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk
 

Contacts
Specialist Secretarial contact information
Dr Fiona Walker, Dr Kate Von Klemperer, Professor John Deanfield Hiedi Bohay: 020 3765 8754 hiedi.bohay@bartshealth.nhs.uk
Dr Seamus Cullen, Dr Vivienne Ezzat Brooke Care: 020 3765 8899 brooke.care@bartshealth.nhs.uk
Dr Bejal Pandya, Dr Amit Bhan Jennifer Piper 020 3765 876 jennifer.piper@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Diagnostic testing

Holter Monitoring/BP monitoring
Exercise Testing/CPEX Testing                   
020 3765 8154/8454                              
Echocardiogram Clinic 5: Second floor     
020 3765 4173                                               

Out of hours emergency only: after 1700 and at weekends

  • Contact St Bartholomew's Switchboard 020 3416 5000
  • Ask for General Cardiology SPR on-call. Explain the problem, provide call back contact information and give your NHS number.
  • A Cardiology SPR will contact GUCH consultant on-call and you will be called back within 60 minutes.

Cardiology

Advanced diagnostic procedures

We are one of the leading advanced cardiac imaging centres in the country. Our imaging department contains the very latest diagnostic equipment including:

  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)  
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT)
  • Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)

This technology helps our clinicians make accurate diagnoses and surgical plans.

We also provide physical measurement investigations such as ECGs (electrocardiograms), echocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, seven day event recorders, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring and 24 hour tape monitoring.

We use all these techniques to aid diagnosis and monitor the treatment of conditions including ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, hypertension, valvular heart disease and heart muscle disease.

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Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education that will help you get back to everyday life as quickly as possible. The aim is to provide support and information that will reduce the risk of further heart problems in the future. It will help you regain confidence and plan a healthy lifestyle.

Our team includes specialist nurses and other professionals such as physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, dieticians, pharmacists and a clinical psychologist. We offer a choice of programmes that include education sessions, relaxation and physical exercise.

Coronary angiography

This is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that accesses the coronary arteries from the radial (wrist) and femoral (groin) artery using a catheter to look at the coronary arteries (blood vessels supplying the muscle of the heart)

Coronary angioplasty

Angioplasty is a technique that’s an extension of coronary angiography and used to treat narrowing of the arteries. This is achieved by inflating a tiny balloon and inserting a supporting stent to stop the artery from narrowing and becoming blocked.

Clinics

We run a range of cardiology clinics for patients across all our sites. Some clinics help people with specialist conditions, while others are designed to encourage independence and help with rehabilitation following treatment. 

We run specialist clinics to help patients with heart failure. This condition occurs when the heart muscle isn’t able to pump as efficiently as it should and can cause tiredness, breathlessness and fluid overload. Our heart failure clinics are run by specialist nurses, pharmacists and consultants with an interest in heart failure. The aim is to help patients self-manage their condition through lifestyle advice and support.

You will need to talk to your GP or hospital doctor if you would like a referral.

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Device therapy (electrophysiology)

Our electrophysiology experts are skilled at assessing and treating electrical conduction diseases of the heart. There are now very effective therapies that can protect the heart, usually in the form of a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator. We also implant biventricular devices to help improve the symptoms of heart failure. A total of around 1100 devices a year are implanted at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. In addition we also implant left atrial occlusion devices which help to reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (AF) who cannot take blood thinning drugs.

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Heart attack services

Our Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital is one of the biggest in the UK. The centre is the main provider of emergency angioplasty for patients having a heart attack in north east London We recently won a top award, in collaboration with London Ambulance Service, for our fast-track service that unblocks arteries within 90 minutes of a patient having a heart attack. The Heart Attack Centre will move from the London Chest Hospital to the new Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s on 14 April 2015.

Heart rhythm treatments

We are the only centre in the country to provide 24/7 emergency heart rhythm treatments including permanent pacemaker implantation and catheter ablation for life threatening problems like ventricular tachycardia. We also offer pioneering treatments for patients with irregular heart rhythms.

Most patients can undergo non-surgical correction with state-of-the-art cardiac mapping systems. Our team pioneered the catheter ablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (the most common abnormal heart rhythm) and we now perform around 400 every year.

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI)

Aortic stenosis is a condition where the main outlet valve of the heart – ‘the aortic valve’ – becomes thickened and stiffened, preventing normal opening and causing breathlessness and heart failure. At present this condition is generally treated with conventional aortic valve replacement (open heart) surgery. TAVI allows replacement of the valve with a keyhole procedure and this is particularly useful in more elderly and frail patients.

The prosthetic valve is approximately 2cm in height and 2.5cm in width and is made of bovine pericardium (for the valve leaflets) and cobalt chromium (for the supporting stent scaffold).

We have been successfully performing this procedure since 2008, and have established research projects comparing the clinical and quality of life benefits of conventional aortic valve surgery and TAVI.

Treatments for heart muscle diseases

Diseases that affect the muscle of the heart can be caused by inherited (genetic) or acquired (infection) causes. Within the heart muscle unit we have a team of specialist consultants using state-of-the-art imaging to diagnose and treat these conditions. We offer a wide range of therapies ranging from medical (tablets) to intervention, including surgery. We are one of the leading sites offering alcohol septal ablation (a minimally invasive treatment for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and attract patients from across the UK.

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Vascular

As the central ‘hub’ hospital, we provide vascular services to the ‘spoke’ hospitals of Homerton University Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital. We offer consultant-led outpatient services within the ‘spoke’ hospitals, so that patients can be assessed locally. If they need specialist diagnostic investigations, and vascular intervention, they can be seen at the Vascular Unit at the Royal London Hospital. This is a 24 hour a day, consultant-led service.

We provide a comprehensive range of vascular procedures and services, including treatments for the following conditions:

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm endovascular stenting (EVAR)
  • Management of complex aortic aneurysms
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm NHS Screening Programme

Carotid artery disease

  • Specialist care for acute stoke patients in the Brain Attack Centre (LINK)
  • Carotid endarterectomy (a surgical procedure to correct narrowing of the artery)

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Diabetic foot management

  • Multidisciplinary diabetic foot ward rounds for inpatients
  • Podiatrist-led outpatient clinics and ward rounds
  • Surgery and endovascular intervention for diabetic complications

Hyperhydrosis

  • Thorascopic sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis

Occlusive disease of visceral arteries

  • Endovascular and surgical management of visceral atherosclerosis

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Peripheral aneurysms

  • Endovascular and surgical management of peripheral aneurysms

Peripheral arterial disease

  • Management of intermittent claudication (discomfort in the legs) through nurse-run specialist clinics and supervised exercise programmes
  • Treatment of acute and chronic limb ischaemia (restricted blood supply to tissues) with limb revascularisation (treatments to improve the blood supply) using bypass surgery, endovascular angioplasty and stenting

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Thoracic aortic disease

  • Thoracic aneurysm stenting
  • Management of acute aortic syndrome (intramural haematoma, penetrating ulcer, acute and chronic aortic dissection)
  • Treatment for traumatic aortic injury

Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Management of thoracic outlet syndrome to relieve symptoms associated with the compression of arteries, veins or nerves

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Vascular malformations

  • Specialist diagnostics provided by vascular interventional radiologists
  • Endovascular embolisation and surgery for vascular malformations

Vascular trauma

  • Endovascular and surgical management of vascular trauma as part of The Royal London Hospital’s Trauma Centre

Vasospastic disorders

  • Specialist investigation in the Ernest Cooke Microvascular Unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  • Management of Raynaud’s syndrome and vasospastic disorders

Venous disease

  • Varicose vein surgery
  • Endovenous varicose vein laser therapy (EVLT)
  • Management of venous thromboembolism.

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Why choose us

At Barts Health we are at the forefront of efforts to find new treatments for heart disease. We were among the first in the UK to offer routine emergency angioplasty for heart attack patients.

We offer high quality advanced care, provided by leading specialists who have access to advanced technology and many of the latest drugs and treatments.

We have rigorous safety standards produce excellent performance. Our MRSA rates compare well with other specialist hospitals.

We offer fast and easy access - achieving most national targets set for hospital waiting times.

Research shows that patients at our hospitals tend to have better clinical outcomes than they would at most other hospitals in the country – and we have one of the best survival rate records in the NHS. Our patients recognise that they are in experienced and capable hands. In a recent survey, 95 per cent of our patients said that the care they received was excellent.

In 2012, the Healthcare Commission awarded Newham the highest possible rating for their services for patients with heart failure. Newham was one of only 28 communities, out of 303, to be given an ‘excellent’ score for their overall services.

We work closely with local healthcare providers and offer services including:

  • 24 hour emergency care at our specialist Heart Attack Centre
  • Interventional treatments to help prevent heart attacks and other serious conditions
  • Pioneering treatments for abnormal heart rhythms

For clinicians

To refer a patient to the cardiac service please use the Choose and Book system.

Patients with emergency medical problems who require a short stay in hospital are referred to our acute medicine services via their GP or the local emergency department at Newham, The Royal London and Whipps Cross. 

Urgent cardiology inpatient referrals can be made via the online NHS network referrals system or through the on-call cardiology registrars at Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital on 020 3416 5000. Please note: there are teams on call 24-7 for both ischaemic (heart attacks etc) and heart rhythm problems - the switchboard can help direct you to the correct team.

Urgent surgical inpatient referrals can be made using the online NHS network referrals system or via the on-call cardiothoracic surgery registrar at Barts Heart Centre.

Barts Heart Centre clinics and referrals

The new state-of-the art Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is now open, bringing together services and staff from The London Chest and University College London Hospitals’ The Heart Hospital in Marylebone.

Contact information regarding referrals and clinics can be found below. 

All other contact details can be found on the Barts Heart Centre pages here.

Clinics

  • Cardiac Surgery Clinics
  • Cardiac Surgery Pre-assessment Clinics
  • General Cardiology

Advanced Heart Failure clinic - comprehensive care for patients with heart failure. Referrals for patients are taken at any stage from pre-diagnosis onwards. Following service transfer on 1 May, for further assistance contact Hayley Potton at Hayley.Potton@bartshealth.nhs.uk or 020 3765 8638.

Grown-up Congenital Heart disease (GUCH) clinic - The GUCH unit cares for patients who are born with a heart defect, often requiring surgery shortly after birth. The unit also treats patients who have acquired similar conditions, for example patients who have had heart infections which have led to a deterioration of the heart structure. A wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures are provided from diagnostic testing through to highly complex heart surgery.  Additionally, outreach clinics are run from Portsmouth and Basildon, which allow patients to be followed-up nearer to their homes following their initial appointment in London.  Following service transfer on 1 May, for further assistance contact Rita Inweregbu at Rita.Inweregbu@bartshealth.nhs.uk or 020 3765 8605.

ICVD / SADS clinic - There is a dedicated service for patients affected by sudden arrythmic death syndrome (SADS) and inherited cardiovascular disease.  Following service transfer on 1 May, for further assistance contact Justin Babyjoy at Justin.Babyjoy@barts health.nhs.uk or 020 3765 8646.

Rapid Access Chest Pain clinic - This is a nurse led service which provides quick access and early assessment to patients with new onset of chest pain, thought likely to be caused by coronary heart disease/ stable angina. We aim to see all patients within two weeks of referral.  The service is run by cardiology clinical nurse specialists (CNS) who practice at advanced level.  Patients are assessed using advanced assessment skills, a full patient history will be taken, patient’s cardiac risk factors are assessed and health education is provided. The CNS will initiate further investigation / treatment or discharge back to the GP’s care with reassurance.  The clinics work in-line with relevant NICE guidance.

The RACPC is run by three teams across four sites in the Trust:  St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham.

Referrals:

Inclusion Criteria:  New onset of chest pain, likely angina, Male >30yrs, Female >35 yrs.

Exclusion Criteria: Treated within Cardiology in the last 6 months (refer back to original cardiologist), unstable angina/ suspected MI (refer to A&E), suspected arrhythmias (refer to arrhythmia clinic), suspected heart failure (refer to heart failure clinic) Send relevant referral form to:

St Bartholomew’s Hospital / Royal London Hospital: email bhnt.cns-racpc@nhs.net

Whipps Cross Hospital: Fax  0208 535 6743

Newham Hospital: email bhnt.cnschestpainclinicnewham@nhs.net

Accident and Emergency pathway This is a nurse led service providing a quick follow up for patients who have presented to A&E at Royal London Hospital or Whipps Cross Hospital with chest pain, likely to be caused by coronary heart disease/ angina, who have had no ischaemic ECG changes or cardiac enzyme rises. This allows patients to be safely discharged from A&E with timely follow up. We aim to see all LRCPC patients within two weeks of referral. These patients are seen and assessed in the same way as RACPC.

This service is only run at Royal London, St Bartholomew’s and Whipps Cross Hospital. All referrals are made via A&E.  

Follow up Clinic

Nurse led follow up clinics provide a follow up / results reporting  service.  This service is only run at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospitals only.  Whipps Cross and Newham Hospitals provide a telephone and letter follow up service. Follow up with a consultant cardiologist will be arranged where necessary.

Contact:

St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospital:  Gemma Robson (CNS) & Annie Hughes (CNS) Kumud Patel (Clinic Administrator) Tel:  0203 594 6049 (ex 46049) email: bhnt.cns-racpc@nhs.net

Whipps Cross Hospital:  Aiden Taylor (CNS) & Vishal Bulluck (CNS), Hasna Begum (Clinic Administrator) Tel: 0208 539 5522 (ex 5337)  Fax:  0208 535 6743

Newham Hospital:  Jarilyn Umali (CNS) & Karuna Jhuree (CNS) Patricia Ogundere (Clinic Administrator)  Tel: 0207 363 8039/0207 363 8115 email: bhnt.cnschestpainclinicnewham@nhs.net

Judith Colley (lead nurse) email: judith.colley@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Heart Attack Centre at Barts Heart Centre

All our patients will be invited for follow-up appointments at the Heart Attack Centre (HAC). A minimum of three appointments will be offered over the course of a year.

As a GP, you will receive regular updates on your patients' treatment changes and assessments/investigations. If you have any queries about the details of individual patients that are not made clear in the correspondence, or if you would like to contact one of the consultant cardiologists, please contact the patient care advisor for the relevant consultant. Further details on consultants can be found here.

Newham University Hospital clinics and referrals

Clinics

  • Arrhythmia Clinic (E/P)
  • Breath Assessment Clinic
  • Diabetic and Cardiology Nurse-led Clinics
  • Diabetic Coronary Disease (DCD) Clinic
  • Vascular Cons Led and Nurse Clinics
  • General cardiology
  • Open Access Chest Pain Clinic
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

Heart Failure Clinic - Support for patients with a poor functioning ventricle. There is a weekly consultant led clinic held in the community at Church Road Medical Centre, Manor Park, with onsite facilities for echo-cardiography and ECG.

Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic - a one-stop clinics for patients who have seen their GP with new onset chest pain. We provide a fast track specialist cardiology assessment for these patients. Our service at Newham was nationally acclaimed and received a Beacon status in 2000.

To refer a patient to Newham, please use the Choose and Book system.

The London Chest Hospital clinics and referrals

All services (including the Heart Attack Centre) have now transferred from the London Chest Hospital to the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s. Some clinics have been relocated to The Royal London. See details below for new arrangements.

The Royal London clinics and referrals

Clinics

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic will move from The London Chest to The Royal London. Classes currently held at Whitechapel Sports Centre will be remain the same. Referrals should be faxed to 020 3465 6167. The team will contact referrers with further contact details and a revised referral form. In the event you require further assistance please contact Judith Colley on judith.colley@bartshealth.nhs.uk or 077 6892 5307.

Heart failure supports for patients with a poor functioning ventricle. The Heart Failure clinic has moved from The London Chest to The Royal London. Referrals should continue to be faxed to 020 3465 6169.  For further assistance contact Linzi Sully at Linzianne.Sully@bartshealth.nhs.uk or on 020 8983 2239 (prior to service transfer) or 020 3765 8711 (after service transfer).

  • General cardiology
  • Vascular Cons Led and Nurse Clinics

Joint Vascular and Diabetic Foot Clinics - Joint renal and cardiac is for patients with coronary artery disease and renal disease.

To refer a patient to The Royal London, either use the Choose and Book system (for first outpatient appointments) or send a letter or fax to:

Outpatients Appointments Office
Barts Health NHS Trust, 
1st Floor, 9 Prescot Street
London, E1 8PR

Tel: 020 7767 3200 (8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
Fax: 020 7791 9670
Email: BHNT.centralappointments@nhs.net

Requests for advice and guidance can be submitted via Choose and Book. A clinician will respond within three working days.

Whipps Cross University Hospital clinics and referrals

Clinics

  • General cardiology
  • Arrhythmia clinic

Heart failure - support for patients with a poor functioning ventricle

Rapid access chest pain clinic - a specialist clinic for patients who have seen their GP with new onset chest pain. We provide expert, nurse led assessment in Byron Cardiology Unit. Access is from Margaret Road, opposite the Margaret Centre. Patients must be referred to this service by their GP and will be sent an appointment to be seen within two weeks of being referred.

Clinics are held in the Byron Outpatient Cardiology Unit, opposite Margaret Centre on Margaret Road.

Tel: 020 8928 8928
Admissions office: 020 8539 5522 ext: 5337 or ext: 5101
Email: appointments@whippsx.nhs.uk

Referring patients to the clinic

Patients can be referred to the clinic using the Rapid Access Pain Clinic referral form here. 

Cardiac rehab

Whipps Cross run cardiac rehab sessions at local leisure centres. We aim to see all clients within two weeks of a referral. The team is currently developing a football project for heart patients, run at a local school on Wednesday evenings from 5.30-7pm.

Contact Brian Coleman, cardiac rehab nurse specialist at Brian.Coleman@bartshealth.nhs.uk or call 020 8535 6705.

To refer a patient to Whipps Cross, please use the Choose and Book system.

University College Hospital (UCH) Clinics

Additional services are run by Barts Health staff at University College Hospital. This includes extensive in-patient services and out-patient services.

The following clinics will run at UCH:

General cardiology

Referals to these clinics can be made via choose and book or via the referral contact centre at UCH. Referrals can be emailed to UCLH.cardiology@nhs.net

Heart failure

The Heart Failure Clinic at UCH will investigate and set a treatment plan for all patients with suspected heart failure. For urgent referral (e.g. patients with a previous MI or BNP> 236pmol/l), or for heart failure advice please email: uclh.heartfailure@nhs.net.

For less urgent referral, the clinic is on choose and book or by referral letter to the contact centre Dr Simon Woldman / Dr Martin Thomas, Consultant Cardiologist, Medical Specialties Division, UCLH, 250 Euston Road, London.

Haemoglobinopathy Clinic

This world renowned clinic is for patients with cardiac complications of heamoglobinopathies. Referrals are by letter to Dr Malcolm Walker, Consultant Cardiologist, Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, 67 Chenies Mews, London, WC1E 6HX

Maternal Cardiology Clinic

A clinic for pregnant patients who have cardiac disease runs weekly at UCH. Referrals can be made to Dr Fiona Walker, Consultant Cardiologist, Barts NHS Trust. Gloucester House, St Bartholomews Hospital, EC1A 7BE.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

A large cardiac rehabilitation service runs in Hatter Cardiovascular Institute. The programme caters for patients after Myocardial infarction, revascularisation or heart failure episodes. To refer a patient call:

Tel: 0203 447 9951 
Fax: 0203 447 9039 
Email: cvhealth@uclh.nhs.uk