Cardiology Services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Department provides a comprehensive cardiology service for adults, providing diagnosis and treatment for a range of heart conditions.

Patients are either referred via the cardiology pathway by a GP or nurse or come to the hospital through the Emergency Department.


Location

The Cardiac Department is based near A&E on the ground floor, and Ward 4 (in-patient Cardiology), the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiac Catheter Lab are also on the ground floor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


Contact Details

The Cardiology department can be contacted on 0208 836 4343 Monday to Friday between the hours of 9-5pm.


What conditions does the department treat?

The department treats a wide variety of conditions in adults, common ones including:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Heart Failure
  • Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter
  • Supra Ventricular Tachycardia’s
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • AV Nodal Disease
  • Syncope and Pre Syncope (fainting, lightheadedness)
  • Pericardial Effusion/tamponades (collection of fluid around the heart)
  • Endocarditis ( a rare heart infection)
  • Myocarditis/pericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)

And provides a full range of services including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient cardiology
  • RACPC (Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic), Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, RAAC (Rapid Access Arrhythmia Clinic), Hypertension Clinic
  • Complex Device Clinic
  • DC Cardioversion
  • Angiography, Pacing and Complex Devices
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome service & Inpatient Heart Failure service
  • Cardiac Lab: all diagnostic testing including interventional procedures (stents), pacing, complex devices and reveal devices
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Exercise treadmill testing (ETT), Echocardiography (a painless study using ultrasonic waves to visualise structural and functional abnormalities of the heart), 24Hr ECG Monitoring and Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Patient Activated Monitoring (PAM)
  • Home Monitoring for ICD patients
  • GP direct access echocardiography, 24Hr ECG monitoring, Blood Pressure Monitoring and ECG (between 9.30am and 16.30pm)
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TOE)
  • ICD Support Group led by the Arrhythmia Care Co-ordinator
  • A full range of cardiac rehabilitation services are offered to people recovering from a myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart surgery or angioplasty. After discharge, patients are invited to attend a "Lifestyle Day" where they have an opportunity to meet other people with heart problems and hear talks from a dietician, pharmacist, physiotherapist and others.


Who is the Cardiology Department for?

The department is for all adults who come into the hospital via their GP or emergency routes.  The department does not treat children.


Key Staff

Dr Balvinder Wasan, Cardiologist, Clinical Director Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

  • Dr Carl Shakespeare, Cardiologist, Lead for Community Cardiology
  • Dr Shoaib Hamid, Cardiologist, Lead for Arrhythmia and Complex Devices.
  • Dr Sundip Patel, Cardiologist, Lead for Interventional Cardiology
  • Dr Antonis Pavlidis (Consultant Cardiologist)
     

The consultants are supported by nurse specialists and a multi-disciplinary team.


What else do you need to know?

  • The Cardiology Department  can be contacted Monday to Friday between the hours of 9-5pm.
  • The Cardiac Catheter Lab is open 8am – 5pm
  • Ward 4 visiting times are 12pm – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm
  • The Department has a comprehensive nurse specialist service covering Arrhythmias, ACS, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Failure and RACPC


Why choose the cardiology services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital?

  • We have a brand new state of the art Coronary Care Unit which opened on 1st June 2013.
  • The Department has developed outreach between community and secondary cardiology services to support complex cardiac patients through their journey.
  • We provide specialist cardiology and interventional services close to home responding to the needs of our local community

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