Cardiology (GP information)


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:
Cardiology Outpatients
Cardiology Diagnostics
Cardiac Centre
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)

Cath Lab Director: Dr M. Al-Bustami

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted via E-RS.

ICE referrals are required for the following services:

  • Open Access Echo
  • Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
  • Suspected Heart Failure Clinic

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.

Procedures Provided

The Cardiology Directorate offers a very comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service.

Cardiology Outpatients
A number of clinics are run by the Cardiology team. See below for more details.

Cardiology Diagnostics
Within the diagnostic department the following investigations are performed:

  • Twelve lead ECG
  • ECG recording over 1-7 days
  • Cardiac event recording
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram
  • Specialist echocardiogram (including stress echo and transoesphageal echo)
  • Exercise testing
  • Tilt testing
  • 24 hour blood pressure monitoring

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:

  • CT coronary angiography
  • Myocardial perfusion scanning

Cardiac Centre
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:

  • Diagnostic coronary angiography
  • Coronary angioplasty (stents)
  • Cardiac pacing and monitoring service
  • DC Cardioversion

Cardiac Rehabilitation
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.

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Bedford Hospital


DrRameshde Silva Consultant Interventional Cardiologist
DrJohnCooper Consultant Cardiologist
DrMojGoonewardene Consultant Cardiologist
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital


DrSanjayKumar Kohli Consultant Cardiologist
DrNeilMarcus Consultant
Dr Maysaa Alzetani Consultant
Dr Mahmud Al-Bustami Consultant
DrGanesanKumar Consultant
DrChrisTravill Cardiology Clinical Director
DrChanaka Nandasiri Interventional Cardiology Consultant

Useful Contacts

Bedford Hospital
General Manager Gemma St Ville
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
General Manager Gemma St Ville
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: Sr Amanda Rankin
01582 497469
Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic: Angus Robertson, Clinical Nurse Specialist
01582 718249
Heart Failure Service: Sr Jane Gilmour
01582 718252 (Bleep 487)
PALS (for patient specific enquiries) 01582 491 166
Coronary Care Unit (CCU): Sister, Razina Hosein
01582 497135
Arrhythmia Service: Sandra Allen - Pharmacy Practitioner
01582 497958 (Bleep 100)
Switchboard 01582 491166
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