Cardiology

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The cardiology service at North Devon District Hospital is a specialist service caring for patients with heart disease.  The service is led by three Cardiologists (Dr Tim Roberts, Dr Chris Gibbs and Dr Dushen Tharmaratnam), with support from a Staff Grade (Dr Svetlana Kaminskiene) and a Cardiology Registrar (on rotation across hospitals within Devon & Cornwall).

The team provide assessment and treatment for all aspects of general cardiology including coronary heart / artery disease, rhythm disturbances, valvular and heart muscle disease (heart failure/ cardiomyopathy).

All 3 cardiologists perform CT coronary angiography at North Devon District Hospital.

Invasive coronary angiography is undertaken at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital (RD&E) by both Dr Roberts & Dr Tharmaratnam. In addition, Dr Gibbs undertakes Cardiac MRI at RD&E and stress echocardiography at both sites.

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(L – R) Dr Dushen Tharmaratnam, Dr Tim Roberts and Dr Chris Gibbs

Our general cardiology outpatient clinics are provided in a number of settings, including North Devon District Hospital, South Molton and Bideford Community Hospitals.  Dedicated appointments are provided for patients with suspected ischaemic heart disease (Rapid Access Chest Pain Assessment) or suspected heart failure (Heart Function Assessment).

Dedicated clinics are provided for adults with congenital heart disease (Grown Up / Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic).  6-8 joint clinics are held per year with  Dr. Rob Martin, consultant paediatric and adult congenital cardiologist, from the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI).

Rapid access chest pain assessment

The RACPA is designed to allow the rapid assessment of recent onset chest pain in people at risk of coronary heart disease.  This will involve a clinical assessment and depending on the estimated likelihood of Coronary Artery Disease the patient will be offered further diagnostic investigations.

Suspected heart failure assessment

This service is provided for people with symptoms and signs suggestive of heart failure. It will include an assessment by a cardiologist and an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). Symptoms of heart failure may include shortness of breath and fatigue and there may be signs of fluid retention such as ankle swelling. The GP will request an ECG (tracing of heart rhythm) and a specific blood test (NTproBNP) before considering referral to cardiology outpatient.  

A non-invasive diagnostic service is provided by our dedicated Cardio-Respiratory team, who are located on level 2.

Depending on your diagnosis, you may also be offered care by one of our committed Cardiology Support Teams, which include:

Please use link to BHF Heart Conditions for further information on the above and other cardiac disorders.

Our Cardiologists provide direct clinical support and leadership across the whole pathway of care.

Last updated: October 5, 2017