Information about the Outpatient Clinic will be added shortly
Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
Rapid Access Chest Pain clinics (RACPC) are designed to allow patients with new onset suspected angina to be seen in a consultant cardiology clinic within two weeks. They are not suitable for acute coronary syndrome patients or other emergency cases. They are also not appropriate for patients with previous cardiac investigations or a low chance of a cardiac cause. The RACPC takes place at St James’s, Wharfedale General and Leeds General Infirmary.
Information about the Inpatient Wards will be added shortly
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
Information about the Coronary Care Unit will be added shortly
Community Cardiac Rehabilitation
The community cardiac rehabilitation service operates city wide and forms part of the Leeds Cardiac Service. It aims to support patients to understand their cardiac condition, help them to recover from a heart attack or cardiothoracic surgery and reduce the risk of further disease progression. The service comprises a team of cardiac nurse specialists, along with administrative support.
Cardiac Pharmacy Service
Medicines play an important role in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease and pharmacy services are a valued contributor to the LTHT cardiology department.
The pharmacy team focus on the pharmaceutical care of cardiovascular patients through effective use of medicines. The pharmacy team is made up of pharmacists, technicians and support workers; their job roles involve:
Specialist Clinical Pharmacists are the experts in medications, possessing unique pharmaceutical knowledge and experience in the care of cardiovascular patients. Pharmacists will clinically review each patient to ensure medicines optimisation. They are directly involved in all aspects of a patients journey in hospital from medication history taking and validating discharge medications.
Pharmacists provides this pharmaceutical care on multi-disciplinary ward rounds, clinics, advising on medication issues to other health professionals through clinical interventions to improve effectiveness and safety of drug use. Pharmacists practice throughout the cardiology department at ward level i.e. CCU, wards (including admissions), clinics and cardiac catheterization laboratory. Pharmacists also have a role in teaching and educating ward staff and most importantly patients.
Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Support Workers
Pharmacy technicians support the Pharmacists in their role at ward level, mainly through reconciliation and supply of medicines. Some experienced technicians provide patients with counselling and education on newly started medications (such as warfarin). Both technicians and support workers are able to dispense medications at ward level. They use a dispensing robot situated on the admissions ward (L19) so that medicines are prepared advance prior to a patient’s discharge, this also reduces waiting times.
The Pharmacy staff liaise with members of the multidisciplinary team (Nurses, Doctors, dieticians, etc) to ensure a safe, efficient and cost effective service.
West Yorkshire Arrhythmia Service
The West Yorkshire Arrhythmia Service (WYAS) at the Yorkshire Heart Centre provides a regional population of over 3 million with state of the art facilities for the investigation and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. The team of consultants, arrhythmia nurses and highly specialised cardiac physiologists provide care to patients with palpitations, atrial fibrillation (AF) and life threatening cardiac rhythm problems. The WYAS also provides a comprehensive pacemaker and defibrillator implanting service, as well as a regional service for inherited cardiac conditions (ICC). The WYAS is based at the Leeds General Infirmary.
Further information about the service can be found on the dedicated WYAS web site.
Rapid Access AF clinic
The aim of the rapid access AF clinic is to provide the option of sending newly diagnosed AF patients to a “one stop clinic” dedicated to investigating AF and forming individualised care / treatment plans for patients with AF.
Visit the Rapid Access AF clinic webpage for further information.
Heart Failure Service
The Heart Failure Service in Leeds provides multiple services through a wide ranging team of professionals to patients in Leeds and the wider area. The outpatient clinic provides both diagnosis and management to patients with Heart Failure. The service also offers in-patient support and education through the Heart Failure Nurse Specialists. The team is involved in multiple research projects, aiming to improve the care of Heart Failure patients in the future. The team works closely with the community cardiac nursing team.
Cardiac MRI (CMR)
The Leeds CMR service has a strong research basis and is led by Prof Sven Plein and Prof John Greenwood. The service is carrying out ground-breaking research into the clinical applications of CMR for patients with common clinical conditions such as chest pain and heart attack.
Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility (CV-CRF)
The Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility is part of the NIHR Leeds Clinical Research Facility. It is situated adjacent to the routine NHS Cardiology facilities and so is ideally placed to provide an integrated approach to research and standard care for patients for whom consideration of participation in a clinical trial is appropriate. The facility includes exercise physiology rooms, specialist cardiac imaging rooms, out-patient treatment delivery space and an early phase in-patient treatment area.
Academic research is led through the University of Leeds, Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine. The Cardiovascular CRF is crucial in providing the central hub for staff and bespoke facilities to support translational research delivery. The work of the academic unit and research facility is supported by research active charities such as the British Heart Foundation.
Cardiology at LTHT has a large number of research active Professors and Consultants working alongside Nurses and Allied Health Professionals engaging in a wide variety of areas of special interests including : Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI), Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), Heart Failure, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Epidemiology.
Interventional cardiology involves the use of invasive catheters and devices to diagnose and treat cardiac problems avoiding open surgical treatment. Leeds is one of the largest UK centres for interventional cardiology maintaining 7 full time consultant cardiologists and supporting visiting operators from 6 other local hospitals.
Leeds provides a Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (Primary PCI) service for over 1,000 patients each year admittedly acutely with a heart attack. Patients are brought to Leeds from across West Yorkshire by the West Yorkshire Ambulance Service (WYMAS) or by helicopter from more remote areas. The service in Leeds is the largest single centre Primary PCI service across the UK and Leeds was one of the national pilot sites for this service.
Cardiac Surgery in Leeds has been established since 1957. The unit provides care for more than 700 patients per year undergoing planned or urgent heart surgery. Outcome results are in the top quartile for the UK and our feedback from patients undergoing surgery in Leeds is excellent.
For more information about cardiac surgery, please visit the Yorkshire Heart Centre webpage.