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Cardiology (Heart Services)

We care for patients with acute and chronic heart conditions.

We look after those with heart disease, heart failure, strokes, congenital heart defects and coronary artery disease.

Our services cover prevention, diagnosis, surgery, intervention and rehabilitation. Based at Wycombe Hospital, we have a dedicated 24 hour coronary care unit and cardiac ward.

We also have a catheterisation lab and day unit which provides a regional daytime, week day, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) service for treating narrowing of the coronary arteries. Harefield Hospital in London provides out of hours PCI and pacing services for Buckinghamshire residents.

Specialist services

 

We assess patients with a suspected cardiac condition which requires immediate specialist attention. The CSRU provides rapid clinical assessment by a specialist team of doctors and nurses and delivers the most appropriate immediate care before admission to the cardiac ward, transfer to an alternative service or discharge home.

Call 999 if you think you’re suffering from a cardiac condition which requires immediate medical attention. The CSRU is not available to walk-in patients.

Some acute cardiac conditions don’t require admission to the CSRU and we may be able to treat you at Stoke Mandeville Hospital or in the Urgent Treatment Centre at Wycombe Hospital.

 

 

Our team includes specialist nurses in heart failure and a consultant cardiologist with specialist interest in heart failure. We care for patients suffering from advanced/chronic and decompensated heart failure. We work closely with other consultant cardiologists, specialist cardiac nurses and cardiac physiologists to provide a holistic service to our patients.

Who do we see?

Any eligible patient who has a GP in Buckinghamshire. This means that we have patients who may be under cardiologists in hospitals in neighbouring counties.

Inpatient service

We see all new patients who’ve been admitted to hospital with heart failure and provide care to patients on our coronary care unit and on general wards across the Trust’s hospital sites.

Heart failure clinics

We have 2 consultant-led and at least 10 nurse-led clinics per week for patients with heart failure. These clinics are held at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

In the clinics we assess your progress, prescribe, adjust and monitor your heart failure medications. We help to improve your prognosis by providing prompt life-saving therapy. We also teach you how to manage your heart condition and reducing the impact of symptoms. We also support families and carers who are a key part of your healthcare team.

We work closely with our adult community healthcare teams, GPs, other cardiologists, practice nurses, palliative care teams, social care services and cardiac rehabilitation teams. The service also links in with other specialist teams offering treatments for diabetes, respiratory and kidney disorders and psychological needs.

One Stop Clinics for newly suspected heart failure

We run one stop clinics for new patients with suspected heart failure and who have a highly abnormal blood test (NT-pro BNP level >2000pg/ml).  We aim to see you within 2 weeks of the referral. This is led by Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan, Consultant Cardiologist and is held at both Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals. It offers several diagnostic tests including blood tests, echocardiogram, ECG and chest X-ray on the same day of your appointment with the Consultant Cardiologist. At the end of the clinic, if you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, you’ll be prescribed the medications you need and will be offered a follow-up appointment.

Intravenous Furosemide lounge

This is a nurse-led clinic for patients with heart failure in the community who require intravenous (injections) of diuretics (Furosemide) to help get rid of excess fluid (which is a common symptom in heart failure). This reduces the need for you to be admitted to hospital.
Please note: patients attending this clinic need to be mobile and be able to get themselves to hospital via public or private transport.

 


 Information for healthcare professionals: How to refer patients to our service

 

 

We offer practical and emotional support to patients and their families. We help patients who have been diagnosed with heart disease or heart failure, or who are undergoing cardiac surgery.

We give advice, support and counselling and offer exercise rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehabilitation classes and rehabilitation programmes are available in hospital and community settings across Buckinghamshire.

Cardiology (Heart Services) patient information

Contact 

Cardiac Ward
CSRU
Heart failure service
CPRNS team
Cardiac Ward

01494 525978 

CSRU

01494 425443 

Heart failure service

01494 426919 

CPRNS team

01494 734291

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Cardiac prevention and rehabilitation programme 

01494 426917

Cardiac Ward

Cardiology secretaries: 01494 323400

CSRU
Heart failure service
CPRNS team