The Cardiology team comprises of the following staff-
2 Consultant Cardiologists
1 Chief Cardiac Physiologist
4 Senior Grade Cardiac Physiologists
1 Clinical Nurse Manager
8 Nurses experienced in Cardiac Care
1 Cardiology Nurse Specialist
1 Clinical Specialist Radiographer, supported by Radiology
The Cardiology department is located on the ground floor of the hospital, adjacent to the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory.
Our Cardiology Service incorporates the following departments
-Cardiac Cath Lab
-Cardiac Rehab Service
Our new Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic is available to patients experiencing recent onset chest pain or acute chest pain requiring investigation. This is a consultant led, GP referred service, available Monday-Friday, during office hours.
Patients can be seen on the day of referral with direct admission from the clinic offered post triage, if deemed necessary.
Patients are triaged upon arrival where referral letter is reviewed, full history is taken and a full chest pain assessment is carried out by our consultant cardiologist. Patients will then have relevant bloods taken and an ECG will be carried out.
Further inpatient follow-up will be carried out by our consultant cardiologist and our Cardiology Nurse Specialist.
Referrals for this service can be sent via email to TMAU@bonsecours.ie or the department can be contacted on 066 7145999
Our Cardiac Diagnostics department is staffed with a full compliment of highly skilled Cardiac Physiologists, led by our Chief Cardiac Physiologist.
We aim to provide an efficient and effective Diagnostic Service, for both inpatients and outpatients and in a manner that reflects the values of Bon Secours.
We aim to treat our patients in a caring environment using the skills and whole-hearted commitment of our staff, in keeping with the Bon Secours tradition.
At all times we recognise the dignity and uniqueness of each individual person in our care.
We regularly provide the following tests in our Cardiac Diagnostic Department:
Cardiac Diagnostics Opening Times:
Cardiac Diagnostics Department Contact:
Our Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory has been well established for almost a decade and is currently staffed with a full compliment of clinical and Allied Healthcare professionals, comprising
-2 Consultant Cardiologists
-Specialist Nursing Staff
-Clinical Specialist Radiographer
We regularly carry out the following invasive/minimally invasive Cardiac Procedures in our Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory:
Left and right heart cardiac catheterisation, including left ventricular angiography/aortic angiography.
Cardiac Cath Lab Opening Times:
Services are provided during normal working hours
7.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Cardiac Cath Lab Telephone Contact:
Phone: 066 714 9800
Fax: 066 7149853
Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is now well established as an important part of care in the cardiac patient both nationally and internationally. Several studies have demonstrated that CR is a cost effective intervention associated with improvements in quality of life, functional capacity, reduced mortality and morbidity in addition to psychosocial benefits.
Our Cardiac rehabilitation Nurse Specialist coordinates the cardiac rehabilitation education and exercise programmes within our Cardiology Department. Our CNS during their hospital stays following a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction - MI) or following cardiac interventions such as Angioplasty and stents.
CR is divided into four phases nationally. Patients are seen following a diagnosis of MI’s, heart failure or arrhythmias, cardiac procedures such as pacemakers, angiography, angioplasty and stenting.
Phase I is the inpatient hospital stay and begins once the patient is clinically stable. During this time the CR nurse will meet with patients and or Family in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and on the wards.
The aims are to:
Provide support and advice to the patient and family about heart disease.
Risk factor assessments and advice on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and medication management.
Assist the patient to follow their home based walking program.
To act as a support and resource link to the patient and family
Phase II is the period following patient discharge and is a time when some patients can feel vulnerable. During this time the CR nurse can telephone the patient over the six week period to assist with any queries or worries the patient may have.
Phase III is a structured education and exercise programme. The education programme is run Thursday mornings from 11:00-13:00. Each patient is advised on the dates for the programme, which is delivered by the multidisciplinary team consisting of the CR Nurse, Dietician, Physiotherapist and Pharmacist. The structured exercise programme is performed by the CR nurse and Physiotherapist on a Monday and Wednesday at 4pm. An exercise stress test or shuttle walk test is carried prior to and following a six week programme.
Cardiac Rehab Contact Details
066 71 49862 alternatively contact main reception 066 71 49800 ask for bleep 41.
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardiology Service Direct Email: TCardiology@bonsecours.ie
Dr Samer Arnous is a Consultant Cardiologist in Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, University Hospital Limerick and Blackrock Clinic Dublin. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MB BcH BAO) in 2001. Following cardiology specialist training in Ireland, he did 2 years of research with University College London, followed by subspecialised intervention training in the UK and structural heart intervention in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also worked as a Consultant Cardiologist in Manchester.
His clinical areas of interest include complex coronary and Structural Heart Interventions. His academic interests include stem cell research in dilated and ischaemic cardiomyopathy in which he was awarded MD thesis from University College London. He has a number of publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters in coronary and structural interventions, inherited cardiomyopathies and stem cell therapy.
Dr Louis Keary has been with us as a Consultant Cardiologist in the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee for over a decade. Dr Keary graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1995 before completing his specialist training in well renowned hospitals throughout Ireland. Dr Keary was a Renal Dialysis/ Transplant Registrar for two years in 1998 and 1999 before completing the SPR training scheme in Beaumont Hospital Dublin and the University Hospital Galway.
Dr Keary obtained his research MD at the Royal College of Physicians and completed a two year Interventional Fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia. During this Fellowship, Dr Keary gained extensive experience in coronary angioplasties including complex interventions, intra-vascular ultrasound and rotablation. Dr Keary has participated in numerous publications, major research studies and presentations; which includes presenting for the Irish Cardiac Society and the Asia-Pacific Interventional Advances Conference in Australia.
Dr Keary has a specialist interest in all aspects of cardiology; including comprehensive experience in non-invasive cardiac evaluation. Dr Keary’s areas of areas of expertise include complex interventional cardiology, implantible devices and the management of heart failure.
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