Cardiology is the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart including Ischaemic Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, Structural and Valve Disease and Hypertension.
The Cardiology Directorate includes:
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
Cath Lab Director: Dr M. Al-Bustami
Referrals are accepted via E-RS.
ICE referrals are required for the following services:
Clinicians are also happy to give advice and guidance via the E-RS advice and Guidance function and a rota is in place to facilitate this process.
The Cardiology Directorate offers a very comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service.
A number of clinics are run by the Cardiology team. See below for more details.
Within the diagnostic department the following investigations are performed:
The diagnostic department is open 365 days per year, providing echocardiography and ECG monitoring over a seven day service, both elective and non-elective. The department is extremely responsive to urgent requests.
Within the Trust the following cardiac investigations are performed:
The Cardiac Centre consists of a 9 bedded day ward and a fully equipped cath lab. Within the Cardiac Centre the following services are provided both elective and non-elective:
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team consists of a range of healthcare professionals including nurses, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian and therapy assistants. The team can provide an individualised programme of exercise an education following a cardiac event, treatment or diagnosis. The aim of cardiac rehabilitation is to promote recovery and reduce further risk of heart disease.
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
This is a 13 bedded ward with 6 beds for patients who have acute cardiac complications. There are also an additional 22 Cardiology beds on Ward 16.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.