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London Arrhythmia Centre at London Bridge Hospital

Leading consultant cardiologist electrophysiologists specialising in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders

020 7234 2497

St. Olaf's House

27 Tooley Street

London  SE1 2PR


About the London Arrhythmia Centre

The London Arrhythmia Centre specialises in the research, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of heart rhythm problems. Our team of experienced consultant electrophysiologists have access to the most advanced technology and facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. We provide everything from routine tests and advanced diagnostics to the latest treatment options including catheter ablation and surgical intervention.

Arrhythmia is experienced by more than two million people in the UK each year. Common symptoms include: palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue. Effective treatments are available for nearly all arrhythmias and at the London Arrhythmia Centre, we have one of the largest groups of arrhythmia specialists in Europe. They specialise in the treatment of complex arrhythmias and those seen in adults with congenital heart disease providing clinical excellence and the highest standards of care. In addition to rapid access to outpatient assessment, treatments offered include Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy for patients with heart failure and implantation of Cardioverter Defibrillators. 


The London Arrhythmia Centre team

The London Arrhythmia Centre is home to world-leaders in the field of abnormal heart rhythm. Our consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologists have extensive experience and hold academic and clinical positions in some of the UK’s top universities and teaching hospitals. Crucially these consultants are performing significant numbers of procedures including radiofrequency and cryoablation. 

Our multidisciplinary team includes: consultant cardiologists, surgeons, and radiologists, pathologists and clinical nurse specialists. Most procedures will be performed in the cath lab however if the need arises the cardiothoracic theatre and fully-equipped cardiothoracic level 3 intensive care unit are adjacent and on the third floor of the main hospital.

Consultants specialising in electrophysiology

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Dr Michael Cooklin

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Mark Earley

Director of Training and Fellowship

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Dr Nicholas Gall

Consultant Cardiologist

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Professor Jaswinder Gill

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Martin Lowe

Consultant Cardiologist

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Francis Murgatroyd

Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Simon Sporton

Consultant Cardiologist

Comprehensive investigations

Test to diagnose arrhythmia usually include, in addition to an ECG, a chest X-ray and an ultrasound scan (echocardiogram). More detailed investigations including an angiogram to look at the blood supply of the heart may be carried out. In addition routine blood tests are taken, including a test for thyroid function, as an overactive thyroid can precipitate this arrhythmia.

Other investigations might include 24 hour ECG and 24 hour BP, or for patients presenting with infrequent but severe symptoms, an implantable loop recorder. Atrial fibrillation is diagnosed by recording the electrical activity of the heart during your symptoms (or when your heart is fast and irregular if you do not have symptoms). Our consultants and physiologists use the most advanced technology and equipment to help diagnose and treat all arrhythmia conditions. 


Our cardiology department and pacemaker and defibrillator services

Often within the same initial visit to their cardiologist, a patient can have most additional investigations in our cardiology department outpatients on the sixth floor of St Olaf House. Also located here are: our Pacemaker and Defibrillator Centre run by Ian Kirkpatrick; and our electrophysiology service headed up by Jarrad Shaw who specialises in electrophysiology. Here patients can have their annual check-ups and follow-up treatments for implantable loop recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) devices. 
I provide outpatient support for arrhythmia patients and consultants. Patients can see their consultant and see me afterwards to further discuss their treatment. Pre-assessment can be carried out at this stage, or just additional support and information to help patients make decisions about treatment. This gives me the opportunity to ensure they understood all aspects of their procedure and care.
Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist

Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist

Patients undergoing procedures such as ablation, cardioversion or device implantation are supported by our Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – a unique service in the private sector. They may be newly diagnosed with an arrhythmia, heart failure or an inherited cardiac condition – all commonly associated with worry, stress and anxiety – so it is widely recognised at policy level that this particular patient group need additional support.

Why London Bridge Hospital for cardiology services

  • Our dedication to our patients and the great satisfaction we take from the improvements we can make in people’s lives
  • Flexible appointment times / same day appointments (8am-6pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Access to a specialised pacing physiologist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Access to world renowned Consultant Cardiologists – who specialise in cardiac devices
  • Home monitors that can download information from your device from home
  • You are guaranteed to be seen by an IBHRE qualified physiologist
  • Access to other areas of our Cardio-Respiratory Department (e.g. treadmill to assess heart rate response to exercise)

View all treatments and services

  • Electrocardiogram ECG

    Need to know

    An ECG records the rate, rhythm and electrical activity of your heart. It can be used to diagnose conditions such as an abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia) or to determine the effectiveness of medication. It can also be part of a routine medical check up to make sure your heart is functioning normally.

  • Electrophysiology studies

    Need to know

    If you have a fast or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), electrophysiology studies can find out where it's coming from. This can then help you and your consultant decide on the most appropriate form of treatment.

  • Echocardiogram

    Need to know

    An echocardiogram is a simple scan to see if your heart and valves are working correctly. The moving image created by an ultrasound allows your consultant to check for potential damage caused by a heart attack or for other conditions that can affect heart function, including holes in the heart.

  • Catheter ablation therapy for arrhythmia

    Need to know

    Ablation therapy can correct a range of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia), including atrial fibrillation. These conditions are caused by abnormal electric signals sent by the heart muscle. Radiofrequency energy or freezing (cryoablation) is used to destroy the heart tissue that's causing the abnormal...

  • Electrical cardioversion

    Need to know

    A cardioversion is a quick procedure that involves giving your heart a controlled electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. If you have a heart condition, such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, a cardioversion can correct this.

Our location

2nd Floor, St Olaf’s House

27 Tooley Street

London SE1 2PR

Contact Us

The London Arrhythmia Centre is based at two sites. We have a unit at London Bridge Hospital for people being treated as private patients or as a private-public partnership. For people being treated as National Health Service (NHS) patients we are based at St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London.

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