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Dr Foster specialises in cardiac electrophysiology and device implantation. He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in 2012 to set up a local complex device service for the region and to lead the arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorders) and pacemaker services. The complex device service started in July 2013 and is rapidly growing; this means that patients from the local area no longer have to travel to other centres for their complex device implants and can have the long-term follow-up of these devices locally too.
In February 2017 he started an ablation service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Lower risk ablation procedures are now performed locally whereas the more complex procedures continue to be carried out in Coventry.
He holds an honorary consultant contract at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwick where he works weekly performing complex ablation procedures.
He qualified from Cambridge (preclinical) and Oxford (clinical) in 1999 and trained in cardiology in the Wessex deanery and subspecialised in cardiac electrophysiology and complex device implantation in Southampton, Bournemouth and finally in Liverpool (one of the largest electrophysiology centres in Europe). His research DM was granted by the University of Oxford in 2012.
Dr Foster runs a specialist arrhythmia clinic at Spire South Bank. This clinic assesses and treats patients with suspected arrhythmias, blackouts, palpitations, and patients needing pacemakers or complex devices (defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation pacemakers).
Patients with heart failure are also assessed and treated in these clinics and many benefit from implantation of complex devices to improve the heart’s pump function and protect against life-threatening arrhythmias. Dr Foster implants simple pacemakers as well as the full range of complex cardiac implanted devices.
Many arrhythmias are controllable with medication and these can be discussed in the clinic. For some arrhythmias, either medications are ineffective or undesirable, or the arrhythmia can be better controlled with a procedure known as catheter ablation. Dr Foster is fully trained to perform ablation procedures to cure many arrhythmias and has joined the Coventry and Warwick Heart Rhythm Group.
Areas of interest
• Arrhythmia assessment and management • Pacemaker implantation and management • Complex cardiac devices implantation and management • Ablation of cardiac arrhythmias; Heart failure assessment and management
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant cardiologist, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Honorary consultant cardiologist, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwick
DM degree awarded by University of Oxford in 2012 following research into effects of Rheumatoid arthritis on the heart.
Courses offered to GPs
Outcomes vary depending on the procedure; in general most procedures are very safe and I am happy to discuss complication rates relevant to any planned procedure.
- MA Cambridge 1997
- BMBCh Oxford 1999
- MRCP Royal College of Physicans (London) 2002
- DM Oxford 2012
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology, 2012
- BMI The Meriden Hospital, CV2 2LQ
- 17:00 - 19:00
- 07702 704918
- Spire South Bank Hospital, WR5 3YB
- 15:00 - 19:00
- 01905 350003
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
07702 704918 (Debbie Minton) or 07771 727708 (Will Foster)
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Insertion of implantable ECG loop recorder (including reporting) - (1-5)
Ablation of atrial fibrillation by isolation of the pulmonary veins (including mapping) - (1-5)
BMI The Meriden Hospital (1-5)
External cardioversion - (1-5)
IV sedation administered by operator - (1-5)
BMI The Meriden Hospital (1-5)
ECG (including reporting) - (1-5)
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