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Cardiothoracic Services

Cardiothoracic Services are based in the Regional Cardiothoracic Unit at the Freeman Hospital. We also have a Coronary Care Unit, acute cardiology ward, a Chest Pain Assessment Unit and a Rapid Access Angina Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle city centre.  

We are a regional and national centre of excellence for respiratory (lung/chest) and cardiac (heart) care. It is one of the top units in the UK, providing specialist treatment for all types of heart and respiratory-related conditions in adults and children.

Our specialist clinicians combine medical expertise with an innovative approach to new technologies and treatments, and are dedicated to providing a safe, high quality service to all who come to the centre.


Our services

The Cardiac Centre offers treatments for almost every type of heart disease, including:

  • cardiac and thoracic surgery for both adults and children
  • heart transplant surgery for both adults and children including VADs (Ventricular Assist Device)
  • fitting pacemakers
  • angioplasties (balloon treatments for narrowed coronary arteries) including laser angioplasty
  • intravascular ultrasound
  • specialist treatments for abnormal heart rhythms. 

The Freeman Hospital’s Respiratory Unit offers a wide range of services including investigation and treatment of many lung conditions. The specialist services we offer include investigation and treatment for:

  • pulmonary hypertension (one of only five national centres)
  • pulmonary vascular diseases
  • lung cancer
  • lung transplantation
  • “smoker’s lung” (COPD)
  • sleep service (for apnoea assessment and treatment)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • severe asthma.

Shift patterns

We operate varying shift patterns that include 12 hours shifts on some wards.

Staff groups

The following staff working in our departments: Matron, Sister/Charge Nurse, Clinical Educator, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Specialists, Staff Nurses, Critical Care Assistants, Healthcare Assistants, Ward Clerks and Housekeeper.

Staff training

We provide a preceptorship package for all newly-qualified members of staff, and induction for all newly-appointed staff. We offer supernumerary periods and the length of these is agreed to take into consideration the experience of staff members. Staff are actively encouraged to continue their professional development, and we have links to Northumbria, Newcastle and Teesside universities.

Adult wards

Freeman Hospital

Royal Victoria Infirmary

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