Cardiology provides both inpatient and outpatient services for patients with a range of cardiac conditions, including patients with suspected or confirmed coronary heart disease, heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmias. Coronary angiography, pacing, device implantation and cardiac MRI are provided on both hospital sites.
In recent years the service has been successful in meeting the targets for thrombolysis, rapid access chest pain clinics and angiography. We are now faced with new challenges and are working in partnership with primary care developing care pathways for patients with chronic heart conditions, and with the tertiary centre and ambulance services towards the introduction of primary angioplasty. Cardiology practice is changing rapidly and the clinical teams are reviewing new ways of working to improve the patient experience and meet the standards.
The Trust works closely with the local PCTs through cardiology strategic & clinical networks towards meeting the standards of the CHD NSF and NICE guidelines. The Network includes representation from patient groups and the local council. In partnership with the West Yorkshire Cardiac Network, the local cardiac network strives to improve standards and outcome for patients throughout the Region.
Tertiary care includes coronary revascularisation with coronary artery bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty, valve surgery, complex arrhythmia management such as electrical physiology studies and ablation, and cardiac transplantation. Most of this activity takes place at Leeds Acute Hospital Trust. Heart Transplantation is rare, and where indicated patients are referred to one of several centres.
A comprehensive service is situated on both hospital sites: Calderdale Royal Hospital – coronary care unit and ward 6C (cardiology ward) are situated on the first floor. Access can be via the main reception area, or adjacent to the A & E entrance accessible from Godfrey Road. Outpatient clinics are situated in the outpatient department, once again accessible from Godfrey Road, but adjacent to the maternity unit. An angiography suite for day case patients is situated on the first floor. Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – The Huddersfield heart unit is situated on the second floor, Ward Block 1. Access to the area can be via the main or south drive entrances. It comprises a 13-bedded cardiology ward and an 8 bedded coronary care unit. A medical day case unit is also currently situated in the area where both cardiology and general medical patients are managed. Outpatient clinics are held in the outpatient department on ground floor, adjacent to the café bar. Rapid access chest pain clinics also take place in the cardio-respiratory department on both hospital sites.
James Battye - Cardiology Service Manager - 01422 224310
Dianne Ashton – Cardiology Matron - 01422 224312 (or mobile via switchboard)
The team comprises of 5 cardiologists, a number of other cardiology medical staff, a team of ward and CCU nurses, specialist nurses, angiography/ day case nurses, a cardiology services manager, a team of cardiology physiologists. The team also work in close partnership with the cardiac rehabilitation team.