Community Cardiology

Providing cardiology care in the community

This service started in July 2016 and has grown considerably since then.

We deal with most aspects of cardiology that can be dealt with on an outpatient basis and are able to provide a responsive surface to referrals from primary care, allied health services such as Navigo, palliative care nursing etc. and referrals from secondary care services such as the heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation nurses.

We are staffed with two Consultant Cardiologists, and two Specialist Nurses (one with a particular interest in heart failure, and one with a particular interest in palpitations and arrhythmias), two Advanced Cardiac Physiologists (with a special interest in echocardiography) and two Cardiographers who fit and analyse the various ambulatory monitoring we offer (ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and a variety of different prolonged ECG monitoring).

Whilst we see a wide range of cardiological conditions, a large proportion of the patients seen are referred with known or suspected heart failure. We attempt to see these within the current NICE guidelines providing prompt clinical evaluation and echocardiography thereby allowing instigation of treatment known to improve both symptoms and prognosis and to manage these patients with guidance to themselves, carers and relatives, and their primary care physicians to maximise therapeutic outcomes. We perform over 1000 formal echocardiograms per year and many more focussed short studies using portable hand held devices at the bedside.

We have developed and maintained a large database of our heart failure patients which we have used to produce research into referrals and outcomes that have been submitted for presentation at international meetings

Another area of expertise is in the investigation and management of palpitations. We have several different types of heart monitors that we can use to try to evaluate the cause of symptoms depending on how frequently and for what duration the symptoms last. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a particular concern as it is common within the population as a whole (perhaps 1.4 million people in Britain have AF) and gets commoner with older age (perhaps one in five people over the age of 80 years have with AF). It is associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke which can be reduced significantly with effective management.

We perform and analyse approximately 1060 monitors (ECG and BP) per year and the numbers are growing.

Currently we receive around 2000 new patient referrals a year to the service and with review appointments, this runs about 9000 appointments per year.

The service has grown considerably over the past six years and has the potential to grow further with increased clinical activity occurring in the community settings that had previously been seen within the secondary care domains.

We receive consistently high ratings and praise from service users.

About the team

The team consists of:

  • Dr Rob Bain (Consultant Cardiologist)
  • Dr Mark Walters (Consultant Cardiologist)
  • Keeley Wickham (Senior Cardiac Nurse with a special interest in Heart Failure)
  • Ian Wilson (Senior Cardiac Nurse with a special interest in Arrhythmia
  • Rachel Jones (Advanced Cardiac Physiologist with a special interest in echocardiography)
  • Sophie Porter (Advanced Cardiac Physiologist with a special interest in echocardiography)
  • Wendy Fenwick (Senior Administrator)
  • Lynn Bayes (Administrative Assistant)
  • Kate Hennebery (Senior Cardiographer)
  • Michelle Dyer (Cardiographer)
  • Helen Robinson (Bank Administrative Assistant)

Location

Weelsby View Health Centre
Ladysmith Road
Grimsby
DN32 9SW

Contact us

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Accessing this Service

Referral via your GP

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