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

Dr. Sarah Clarke, a cardiologist practising at the Cambridge Heart Clinic, appointed President of the British Cardiovascular Society

LONDON, United Kingdom, 31 March, 2015: Dr. Sarah Clarke, a cardiologist practising at the Cambridge Heart Clinic, has been appointed President of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS).

The BCS is the oldest cardiovascular society in the world and the national society for all UK cardiologists with more than 2,700 clinical members nationwide with representation through 18 affiliated sub-specialty societies and groups. The society sets standards of clinical excellence for patients; represents and supports all those working within the cardiology sector and works to enhance and maintain the highest standards in training, education and research.

Dr. Clarke said: “I am delighted to have been elected as President of the British Cardiovascular Society. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Society and the membership over the last 14 years. In the last 3 years I have delivered the annual conference and developed many national educational courses for both cardiologists and allied professionals as the Vice President for Education and Research. I would like to thank the membership for giving me the opportunity to be their President from 2015 and I look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor Dr Iain Simpson who has been a great mentor to me over the years.”

Dr. Clarke has been an active member of the BCS for more than a decade and has been instrumental in leading the society’s education and research strategy for members as the Vice President for Education and Research since 2011. In her role as President she will be working directly with Government ministers, officials at the Department of Health along with senior representatives from medical royal colleges and numerous international cardiology societies.

Dr Iain Simpson, previous President of the BCS, said: “Sarah is one of the brightest shining stars of British Cardiology and it has been a great privilege to work with her. The British Cardiovascular Society will flourish under her leadership and I am delighted she has been elected to this important and prestigious role.”

Dr. Patrick T. O’Gara, President of the AmericanCollege of Cardiology which is affiliated to the BCS, said: “This is truly a remarkable and well-earned achievement. Dr Clarke’s election is a clear reflection of her enthusiastic and exemplary contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine.”

Dr. Ohri, Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Healthcare added: “I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Sarah at the Cambridge Heart Clinic for the last eight years and her promotion to this national leadership position comes as no surprise to me. I know she has worked tirelessly to support BCS and her election to this role by members of the society is both just reward and a clear testament of the high regard in which she is held by her fellow colleagues. The position of President of BCS is arguably the most powerful executive role across the professional cardiovascular arena, and I am sure Sarah will use her position to advance the cause of British Cardiology in the years ahead.”

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

Patient satisfaction report 2013 released shows excellent results

As part of Cambridge Heart Clinic’s commitment to quality we undertake a rolling survey of patient satisfaction.

Each patient undergoing a procedure receives a patient questionnaire once their episode of care is completed. Patients attending an outpatient consultation are also requested to complete the patient questionnaire after their appointment. We intentionally approach 100% of all new outpatients and around 30% of our follow-up outpatients on a regular basis.

We have a return rate of approximately 23%, this equates favourably with patient surveys conducted by other organisations.

The results are collated below in a report; all replies are anonymised however individual comments are followed up where appropriate or where a response has been requested.

Please read our patient satisfaction report here.

Cambridge Heart Clinic launches a new screening service – HeartScreen protect

If you are over 40 and concerned about your diet, lifestyle, stress levels or family history, we offer you the opportunity to have your heart disease risk assessed. Our HeartScreen protect programme offers a comprehensive heart screening service to help diagnose unidentified heart disease and cardiac conditions.

Our HeartScreen protect programme is designed to help detect heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy or an abnormality in your heart rhythm. Using state of the art equipment and  techniques we will help you understand your risk of developing coronary heart disease.

We use tests and procedures recommended by the British Cardiovascular Society, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology, the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.

For more information visit our screening service page or call us to make an appointment.


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.

Download a PDF of this article here.

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.