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.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.