Dr. Mark Belham, a consultant cardiologist practising at the Cambridge Heart Clinic to pioneer a new maternity cardiology service

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, 1 December, 2016: Dr. Mark Belham, a consultant cardiologist practising at the Cambridge Heart Clinic – a subsidiary of Regent’s Park, to pioneer a new maternity cardiology service at the Cambridge Heart Clinic in 2017. Dr Mark Belham will focus his new clinics on Maternity Cardiology, Symptomatic Sinus Tachycardia and Postural Tachycardia Syndrome – sometimes known as ‘PoTS’ (Postural orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).

His Maternity Cardiology clinic will target women with known or suspected heart disease, providing counselling at both the pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post-partum phase. His service provides consultations and outpatient investigations such as bloods, ECG’s, echocardiograms and holter monitoring, all with a formal chaperone.

His Symptomatic Sinus Tachycardia clinic is aimed at patients experiencing palpitations, breathlessness or dizziness that are known or suspected to relate to tachycardia. His diagnostic service includes consultations, outpatient investigations and specialised treadmill assessment +/- stand testing, pharmacological titration and monitoring.

Finally, patients with known Postural Tachycardia Syndrome who are experiencing palpitations, breathlessness or dizziness occurring on standing will be offered a diagnostic service to include consultations, outpatient investigations such as stand testing and tilt testing. A therapeutic service to include pharmacological therapy advice and co-ordination with a physical therapist for structured exercises will also be on offer to patients attending this clinic.

Dr Belham’s clinic shall run between 4pm and 7pm on Mondays at the Cambridge Heart Clinic.

For more information please contact the Cambridge Heart Clinic office on 01223 349349 or email enquiries@cambridgeheartclinic.co.uk

Cambridge Heart Clinic develops an exciting partnership with Addenbrooke’s hospital

Cambridge Heart Clinic has developed an exciting partnership with Addenbrooke’s hospital to deliver echocardiography services to NHS patients. The partnership will ensure that NHS patients referred for transthoracic echocardiograms can be seen speedily by our team of cardiac experts – all our cardiac sonographers have BSE* accreditation which is marker of professional quality.

*BSE = British Society of Echocardiography

Cambridge Heart Clinic celebrates its 5 year anniversary

The clinical and admin staff at the Cambridge Heart Clinic celebrated five years since the doors of the clinic first opened this week.

In five years, the Cambridge Heart Clinic has grown from zero to treating over 6,000 patients, winning a number of national awards for service innovation and quality and has firmly established itself as a patient focused independent cardiology service provider.

Dr. Ohri the CEO and founder of the clinic said: “Our underlying dream back in 2008 was to create a centre of excellence and the best private cardiology clinic in the county. Really – for me and the team – the journey feels like it has only just begun. Opening the clinic was the easy bit; what we are now working on is creating and maintaining the highest standards to become the best clinic in the UK. We have a long vision ahead and with our growing team of experts, we want to give our patients the perfect patient journey, right from their first phone call.”

Please join us as we celebrate our Five Year Anniversary on Thursday 29th August from 6:00-7:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided and all patients, relatives and staff are invited.

Cambridge Heart Clinic celebrates top marks in Quality & Safety of Care Inspection

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 29 May, 2013: Staff at the Cambridge Heart Clinic are celebrating after they received top marks in its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the government body responsible for maintaining quality and safety standards across private and NHS healthcare facilities.

The CQC inspectors reported that the quality and safety of care delivered to patients at the Cambridge Heart Clinic met the standards in all areas examined. They reported that patients are properly consented to care and treatment, cared for safely and that the clinic provided a clean and safe environment.

The CQC carried out their unannounced visit on 26 April 2013. They looked at the personal care and treatment records of people who used our services, and checked how our patients were cared for as well as talking with patients who used our services.

The CQC inspectors spoke with a large cohort of people who had received treatment. They reported that each patient made positive comments about the quality of the service. One person said, “Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were excellent in every way”. Another person said, “They were brilliant, everything was impeccable”.

Sheena Fisher, Practice Manager at the Cambridge Heart Clinic said: “I am delighted that the hard work of the clinic team has been independently recognised in this report and that our patients are happy. I am looking forward to further developing the quality of our service and providing the best possible care, based on the highest professional standards at all times.”

Dr. Ohri, Chief Executive at the Cambridge Heart Clinic said: “The CQC gave us a thorough and unannounced inspection and we are very pleased with the results.  We aim to set the pace and be a leader in cardiology services and the Commission has acknowledged the efforts we are making to be a patient-centric organisation.  There is always more work to do, of course, and we are already aiming to exceed these high standards, but our dedicated operations and clinical staff should feel proud to achieve such positive feedback.”

The full CQC report can be found on their website here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-120823913

The Cambridge Heart Clinic is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Regent’s Park Heart Clinics Ltd. that has been operating since 2008.  For more information visit: www.cambridgeheartclinic.co.uk

Regent’s Park has been a national provider of cardiology services to the NHS since 2003. The company comprises five operating divisions arranged across a nationwide network of cardiac catheterisation laboratories, cardiac personnel and specialist heart clinics that together have delivered over 75,000 invasive cardiology procedures – coronary angiograms, coronary angioplasty, cardiac electrophysiology, transcatheter aortic valve implantations, defibrillator insertions and pacing procedures. Regent’s Park prides itself on its ability to deliver high quality, cost effective cardiac care, through excellent service, efficient operations management, well trained staff and uncompromising professionalism.

The Regent’s Park guiding philosophy is that every patient with heart disease should have access to healthcare of a world-class standard.

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The Lancet describes Cambridge Heart Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Andrew Grace, as “one of the world’s leading heart rhythm specialists”

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 20 November, 2012: Cambridge Heart Clinic, a specialist private patient cardiology clinic based in Addenbrooke’s hospital, today announced that Dr. Andrew Grace, a cardiologist that practices at the Cambridge Heart Clinic, has been described by The Lancet as “one of the world’s leading heart rhythm specialists”.

Dr. Andrew Grace is the lead author of a new Lancet Series exploring the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and biology of cardiac arrhythmias ahead of the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, taking place in Los Angeles from 3-7 November.

Arrhythmias are problems with the heartbeat’s rate or rhythm, where the heart beats too quickly, too slowly or with an irregular rhythm. They are thought to affect over one million people in the UK, and are one of the top ten reasons for hospital admissions. Arrhythmias can disrupt the heart’s ability to pump enough blood to circulate around the body, untreated, the resulting lack in blood flow can damage the brain, heart and other organs.

Dr. Grace said: “The progress in cardiology in general in the last twenty years has been remarkable and today cardiac electrophysiology, which not so long ago was essentially diagnostic, is now often curative. The current landscape in arrhythmia management would be unrecognisable to practitioners twenty years ago.” He added: “Although we have made massive strides both in our understanding and treatment of arrhythmias, there are still gaps. For example, drug treatment remains an issue: the drugs are variably effective and do have side effects.”

Dr. Grace says he sees the risk profile of his patients changing with the increasing numbers experiencing atrial fibrillation only partly explained by ageing. Accordingly, a current focus of his research is on the metabolic basis of arrhythmia. He said: “Obesity, diabetes and hypertension need to be controlled if we want to curb this growth. Looking to the future I see both opportunities and challenges ahead. Arrhythmia management has been transformed by the application of technology but to provide effective therapy for all our patients we will need to work harder to understand mechanisms.”

A Lancet editorial accompanying the series ends with the conclusion: “With the expected rapid advances in understanding and further translation of molecular evidence, better treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and higher rates of prevention of sudden cardiac death are likely in the not too distant future.”

For more information visit: http://www.thelancet.com/series/cardiac-arrhythmias

Cambridge Heart Clinic provides a selection of online patient educational videos on common heart and vascular treatments

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 20 Jul, 2012: The Cambridge Heart Clinic has selected a series of online educational videos to provide patients with information about the anatomy and physiology of the heart as well as common heart and vascular treatments. We are also in the process of constructing our own YouTube webpage on educational topics which will be going live shortly.

These videos are best viewed on a high speed modem connection.

Warning: some videos may include real surgery images and may be graphic.

Please click here to visit the educational videos

 

New website for the Cambridge Heart Clinic

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 26 May, 2012: With website technology constantly moving on we felt it was about time we revamped our website www.cambridgeheartclinic.co.uk

People visit our website for many different reasons; to see what treatments and specialties we offer, to find a consultant or to learn about our prices. Patients may be looking for practical information on what to bring with them to hospital or their relatives may be wondering about visiting hours.  GPs and other healthcare professionals, use the website to keep up-to-date with our latest news and others go online looking for a job.  So, in re-designing the website, one of the priorities was to make sure that everyone can find the information and services they need quickly and easily.

The homepage now provides quick and easy access to all the other important areas of the site, such as finding a service or consultant.  We have also added some new technology such as a series of online educational videos to provide patients with information about the anatomy and physiology of the heart as well as common heart and vascular treatments.

Cambridge Heart Clinic achieves 100% patient satisfaction

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 11 Mar, 2012: The Cambridge Heart Clinic achieves an impressive satisfaction score of 100% by patients who were either very satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality of care in our recent customer survey.

The annual survey measures patient satisfaction across a broad range of criteria including patients’ overall impression, consultant care, nursing, hotel services, catering and the quality of care patients enjoy whilst visiting or staying at the clinic.  Read detailed results here.

Sheena Fisher, Practice Manager at the Cambridge Heart Clinic, said: “Our team continually strive to provide our patients with the highest standards of care and really appreciate the positive feedback from our patients.  We are all very proud of our clinic and we make it our priority to make each patient’s stay with us as comfortable as possible. The patient survey validates the importance we attach to maintaining the best possible patient experience and we will continue to monitor the results very closely.  Today’s result is something to be very pleased about, however, we need to make sure we continue to build on this as we grow and develop our services.”

 

 

Cambridge Heart Clinic annouces a new series of patient information evenings

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 4 Jan, 2012: The Cambridge Heart Clinic announes a new series of patient information evenings to help educate patients and their families on keeping their heart healthy, understanding comon heart conditions and caring for relatives with heart disease. Each evening session is led by a member of our team of specialist nurses, dieticians and cardiac technicians.

To book a place at any of our patient information evenings, simply contact us on 01223 349349 or email patientinfo@cambridgeheartclinic.co.uk stating the sesssion you find of interest.

We provide drinks and healthy light snacks at each event.

Please click here for more information on these evenings.

 

Cambridge Heart Clinic’s parent company invited to speak alongside the Cleveland Clinic on innovation in healthcare delivery

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 14 July, 2011: Cambridge Heart Clinic, a specialist private patient cardiology clinic based in Addenbrooke’s hospital, today announced that its Chief Executive, Dr. Ohri, has been invited to speak at the 2011 Deloitte Institue of Innovation and Entrepreneurship conference at the London Business School.

This one-day meeting is designed to stimulate peer-to-peer discussion between senior executives within the healthcare provider system, to explore the range of innovations that can be made in healthcare delivery and to learn from those who have successfully led these changes.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Martin Harris, Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic, USA

Below is an excerpt of the background to the meeting: “This meeting comes at a time when the healthcare system is facing huge funding challenges. innovation in delivery will be a major component in reducing costs and improving outcomes. However, the challenges are immense for healthcare leaders who must identify, prioritise and drive these innovations. Innovation in delivery is more complex than product innovation precisely because it requires change from within with all the concomitant technical, political and cultural challenges. The symposium focuses on the role of healthcare leaders in stimulating and implementing innovation in delivery within and across their organisations. We introduce a framework for identifying such innovations based on new research at London Business School. We also invite leading healthcare leaders and academics (from the Europe and the US) to discuss their own thoughts and experiences of introducing innovation in delivery.”

The conference is to be held on Friday 15 July 2011 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RG

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the most well-known and respected hospital groups in the US, with one of the largest cardiovascular and thoracic specialty departments in the world. The U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Cleveland Clinic as the No.1 heart program in America every year since 1995. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Clinic has more than 1,400 beds on its main campus and 4,400 beds hospital-wide.

Regent’s Park is an independent company dedicated to creating world-class centres for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The company develops, owns and operates diagnostic and treatment facilities focusing exclusively on cardiovascular disease in partnership with leading hospitals and groups of cardiologists across the United Kingdom. Regent’s Park has been a national provider of cardiology services to the NHS since 2003, and has provided invasive cardiology procedures to over 45,000 patients through its facilities – coronary angiograms, coronary angioplasty, cardiac electrophysiology, defibrillator and pacing procedures. Regent’s Park prides itself on its ability to deliver high quality, cost effective cardiac care, through excellent service, efficient operations management, well trained staff, and uncompromising professionalism.

The Regent’s Park guiding philosophy is that every patient with heart disease should have access to healthcare of a world-class standard.