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- Complex Devices
- General cardiology
- Interventional cardiology
I graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India in 1991 and qualified for post graduate training in General Medicine at Madras Medical College after achieving the 11th rank in the All India entrance exams at first attempt. I had also stood 1st in the state entrance exam. Three years were spent in postgraduate training in Govt General Hospital, Chennai, India. I successfully submitted a thesis on Isolated Systolic Hypertension and was awarded the best trainee in Medicine in 1996. Having obtained my doctorate in Medicine (MD) in May 1996, I went onto achieve the MRCP(UK) diploma in Oct 1996 following a short stint as a clinical attache.
I returned to Chennai and worked as a Registrar for a year in a major cardiothoracic unit before commencing his employment in the UK as a Registrar in Medicine/Cardiology at Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, Glasgow. Hairmyres Hospital was the first hospital in the UK to commence a PCI program without onsite surgery. This was followed by a very successful period of coronary interventional research under Professor Keith Oldroyd which culminated in multiple peer reviewed publications and in 2002, I was one of the recipients of the Young Investigators Award at the European Society of Cardiology in Berlin.
In August 2002, I successfully entered the Specialist Training program in Cardiology at Bristol. I spent 5 years in Bristol sub-specialising in coronary intervention and complex device therapy. In 2007, I was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist in the new cardiology department based at Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn. Over the last 11 years, my colleagues and I have transformed the face of cardiology in East Lancashire which can now proudly claim to possess one of the best performing cardiology units in the country. This unit is now the largest non-surgical PCI centre in the North of England with nearly 800 PCIs performed yearly since 2014. It is also amongst the largest trans-radial centres by percentage in the country with 97% of PCIs performed via the trans-radial route. I lead the pacing service and was instrumental in developing a local biventricular pacing as well as the implantable defibrillator service. I have continued to maintain my research interest in coronary artery disease, developed close links with the academic unit in Glasgow and have published in multiple international peer reviewed journals.
I was appointed as the first Clinical Director for Cardiology in April 2013 and more recently as Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow.
Areas of interest
Chest pain; Palpitations; Syncope; Breathlessness; Pacing and ICD; Echocardiography; Invasive cardiology; Interventional cardiology; Hypertension; Cardio-oncology
- Andrea Needham
- Cardiology Administration Level 3 Royal Blackburn Hospital Haslingden Road Blackburn BB2 3HH
- 01254 735145
- 01254 735917
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director in Cardiology
Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Teaching Hospitals
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
1. Coronary Physiology
2. Coronary Intervention
3. Cardiology Service delivery
4. Atrial Fibrillation
5. Cardiac Device Therapy
1. Level 7 Clinical Excellence Award (CEA)
2. Young Investigators Award, European Society of Cardiology, Berlin 2002
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Hindi - Conversational
- Tamil - Conversational
- Malayalam - Conversational
More than 30 peer reviewed publications (full papers and abstracts) in international peer reviewed journals
Courses offered to GPs
1. Annual East Lancashire Cardiology Meeting
2. British International Doctors Association (BIDA)
3. Talks in GP surgeries
I do not charge fees for my talks
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
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The 30 day mortality of patients undergoing PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) is 0.31% which is significantly above the predicted and national average of 1.03% based on the type of cases I perform. My outcomes are also the best amongst my peers.
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