The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services (at the Great Western Hospital) and community health and maternity services across Wiltshire and parts of Bath and North East Somerset.
The Great Western Hospital was opened in 2002 and has all of the facilities you would expect to find in a busy general hospital including an Emergency Department, Delivery Suite, a full range of diagnostics tests such as X-ray, MRI and CT scans, outpatient clinics and 21 inpatient wards. Services are provided in a very modern environment ensuring patients have privacy and dignity throughout their care.
As part of a £2.5m investment, they have recently updated their existing Cardiac Catheter Lab and built a second brand new Catheter Lab, enabling improved care for patients requiring cardiac procedures including angiography, angioplasty and pacemakers. They are also now able to undertake some of the more complex pacemaker procedures which were previously carried out in Oxford and Bristol so that patients can be treated closer to home. An average of 1,500 procedures are undertaken every year on day case patients, inpatients and emergency patients who have had a heart attack. The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is run as a busy 14 bed high dependency unit.
The cardiology team consists of six Consultant Cardiologists (listed below with subspecialty interests) supported by Registrars and a large multi-disciplinary team comprising Nurses (general and specialist), Cardiac Physiologists, Radiographers and administrative staff.
- Dr Ed Barnes (coronary intervention)
- Dr Badrinathan Chandrasekaran (cardiac imaging)
- Dr Paul Foley (heart failure, CMR, device therapy)
- Dr Tom Hyde (coronary intervention)
- Dr William McCrea (coronary artery disease, syncope)
- Dr Steve Ramcharitar (coronary intervention).