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- General cardiology
- Structural/Heart failure
I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) Bath since 2004 and an associate lecturer at UWE, Bristol. I qualified in 1983 from India and achieved my MD in 1988. I completed my Cardiology training in Cardiff and have a Master’s degree in Medical Law from Cardiff Law School. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.
I started the pulmonary hypertension service unit at RUH, a satellite service with the Royal Free Hospital, London. My specialty expertise is in echocardiography and I lead the echocardiographic services for the RUH. I have introduced new services such as dobutamine stress echocardiography and the use of 3D echocardiography. I initiated the use of micro-bubble testing for patent foramen ovale in patients with cryptogenic stroke.
I am also accredited by the 'British Society of Echocardiography' for adult Transthoracic Echocardiography and accredited by the 'European Association of Echocardiography' for adult Transoesophageal Echocardiography.
I am the senior author for the publication of Right Ventricular Dimensions published in the Journal of American Society of Echocardiography in 2012.
I played a large role in the training of registrars as well as newly appointed consultants in echocardiography and pulmonary hypertension. In addition to this, I have supervised a PhD student, conduct clinical trials, chair and teach at weekly departmental echo meetings, carry out large scale primary care audits on heart failure and organise pulmonary hypertension study days and GP study days. I was instrumental in implementing BNP testing in early detection of heart failure in primary care. I was the lead for Clinical Governance (CG), I held regular departmental CG meetings to look specifically at patient safety issues, complaints and mortality.
I have now been specifically appointed to Lead the Royal United Hospital, Heart Failure Services and these clinics with MDT meetings with primary care nurses are weekly run with the help of my Heart Failure Nurse from RUH. I implemented the heart failure referral pathway with my colleague from Biochemistry so that patients are seen as quick as possible. My motto for GPs have been 'don't delay but treat today' if they suspect heart failure.
Areas of interest
Echocardiography; Dobutamine and bicycle stress echo; Transoesophageal Echocardiography; Heart failure specialist; Valvular Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Ischaemic Heart Disease; Transient loss of consciousness (interest in tilt table testing and implantable loop recorders).
- Virginia Gilchrist
- BMI The Bath Clinic Claverton Down Road Combe Down Bath BA2 7BR
- 01225 838834
- 07540 606055
Anaesthetists worked with
- Bath Anaesthetic Group LLP Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Echocardiographic assessment of the right ventricle
I enjoy flying radio-controlled model aeroplanes and helicopters as well as fly fishing. I am also a keen photographer.
The most innovative Team of the year 2012 for pulmonary Hypertension from the Royal United Hospital NHS Trust
Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award Finalist for the development of the heart failure services at RUH, 2014.
The 2017 British Society of Echocardiography Lifetime Achievement Award
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Malayalam - Native or bilingual
- Tamil - Fluent
- Kannada - Basic
1) Right Ventricular Normal Measurements: Time to Index? Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 2012
2) Right Ventricle in pulmonary arterial hypertension: haemodynamics, structural changes, imaging and proposal of a study protocol aimed to assess remodelling and treatment effects. European Journal of Echocardiography, 2010
Courses offered to GPs
I regularly provide free GP talks at Circle Bath for BGPERT. I deliver numerous lectures on ECG, heart failure, use of novel oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation and echocardiographic interpretation of valvular heart disease. I undertake quality control for community echocardiography at Adcroft Surgery, Trowbridge.
- MBBS Madras University 1982
- MD General Medicine Kasturba Medical College, India 1988
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 1993
- FRCP RCP, London 2006
- FESC (Fellow European Society of Cardiology) European Society of Cardiology 2006
- LL M (Masters in Medical Law) Cardiff University 2005
Reference number 4003007
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Royal College of Physicians
Fellow European Society of Cardiology
Member of the British Society of Echocardiography
Member of the European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging
Member of the Medical Defence Union
Member of Gideons International
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
Dr Jacob Easaw