I have produced this web site to provide contemporary and up to date reliable information on conditions which affect the heart. The management of many heart conditions has advanced considerably in recent years. It provides information about who I am, but is a reference site to collate and organise information relevant to my work. Others may find this useful.
I have been a consultant cardiologist at the Taunton and Somerset NHS trust since 2007. As of this year I am the clinical lead for the department. I qualified from Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London in 1995. After a number of training posts in the South East I spent almost 7 years at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trusts until 2007. During that time I completed a PhD in heart failure and subspecialised in heart failure and devices. I was inspired to become a device specialist by Dr Mark Mason, Professor Richard Sutton and Dr Paul Ong.
I have a particular interest in heart failure management, rhythm disorders and pacing, including complex devices. I have a developing interest in inherited cardiac conditions. I am a certified cardiac device specialist and have completed level II training for cardiac CT at Harefield Hospital and Derriford Hospital.
I am proud to be the Medical Director of the local HeartStart Charity in Somerset, managed locally on an entirely voluntary basis by Lawrence Rayment. This is a scheme co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation. We are helped considerably by the Fire Brigade who provide not only officers who do a lot of the training, but also logistics and equipment.
I am a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the British Cardiac Society, British Heart Valve Society and the Heart Rhythm Society.
The photo is by Tony Wright, one of our local GPs.
ISABEL - An online symptom checker
ISABEL is an online symptom checker. If you have symptoms and are concerned about what might be causing them, you could visit this website and type in your symptoms. It can suggest what may be wrong with you.
It's impossible for doctors to know about every possible diagnosis - ISABEL is a service I use in more difficult cases to help me get the correct diagnosis. I think it's the best one currently available.