What we do
Cardiology provides comprehensive services at both St Luke’s Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary. There are a number of cardiologists providing the full range of adult cardiac services.
The cardiology service deals with a range of adult heart disease such as chest pain, hypertension, palpitations and blackouts, shortness of breath, chronic heart problems and infections of heart valves.
General cardiology outpatient clinics are held at St Luke’s Hospital with clinic sessions available each day of the week. The department is able to deal with the full range of adult heart disease.
There are three rapid access clinics for specific disorders:
- The Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which accepts referrals for new onset chest pain and sees patients within 14 days
- The Rapid Access Heart Failure Clinic at the St Luke’s Hospital outpatients department
- The Syncope Clinic where patients can see a specialist nurse and have the appropriate investigations. Test results are then reviewed by a consultant cardiologist and a management plan is formulated for each patient.
There is also a specialist service for patients with refractory angina. This clinic includes access to a specialist nurse, dedicated clinical psychologist and specialist treatments that are not available in most other hospitals, like enhanced external counterpulsation and coronary sinus reducer stent. Bradford Teaching Hospitals is one of only three centres in the country offering this procedure.
GPs are able to directly access a number of investigations to enable them to better manage cardiac disease in the community without the need for hospital referral, where appropriate.
Consultant-led outreach clinics continue to bring services closer to patients. An ambulatory ECG and echocardiography takes place at Addingham GP Surgery while Bradford consultants also support a GP clinic at Westcliffe. Plans to extend the Addingham model to other community locations are under development.
A&E and Cardiology
The A&E, acute medicine and cardiology departments at Bradford Royal Infirmary work closely together to give a faster, more efficient service.
Point-of-care troponin testing takes place in A&E and on our Medical Admissions Unit (MAU). This test ensures early identification of high risk acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients while identifying low risk patients for early discharge.
Inpatient services are based on ward 22 at BRI and include a £2.3million state-of-the art cardiac catheter laboratory and day-case suite which opened in October 2014.
Here we provide the full range of cardiological treatments, other than heart surgery which is carried out at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We perform:
- Implantation of pacemakers
- Coronary angiography (radiological investigation of the coronary arteries)
- Coronary angioplasty (balloon dilatation and insertion of stents into the coronary arteries)
- Implantation of specialised devices such as implantable defibrillators.
The full range of cardiac diagnostic services are available at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital and waiting times are generally short - with most investigations carried out within four weeks from being referred by a GP.