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North England Ablation

OK guys had a week of hell with numerous Afib tachycardia bouts after a bad nora virus, a useless hospital admission in Durham, who are clueless and quite disappointing in care, and now asking the golden question.

OK, is Newcastle a good center for ablation? where if anywhere has the most success rates most importantly in the UK ? , anyone had first hand experience of Newcastle as a treatment centre?

Secondly I've heard Sabine Ernst in London is the "leading UK" doctor with the most advanced techniques ensuring quick recovery and more accurate mapping to have a better chance of success, is this correct?

Just asking the question people, don't expect the magic answer just some guidance and experience with any or all, thanks in advance if you take the time to lend me some information it's very greatly appreciated.

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Dr Sabine Ernst has an excellent reputation as does Prof Richard Schilling. The leading lights, as far as I know, are the team in Bordeaux lead by Prof Haissaguerre.

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Absolutely! I went to Bordeaux for my two ablations, and have nothing but praise. I am in sinus rhythm right now from persistent.

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I'm a bit further south but Leeds have been really good. They have a big cardiac department covering all sorts. I see an EP and a cardiologist for adults with congenital defects.

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I have had an ablation for Atrial flutter at the Freeman hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.My EP is Stephen Young and he and his team are excellent. Prior to this I had private consultation at clinic at Washington, and had a monitor fitted for 2 weeks which confirmed my AF .

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Was that private for consultation then NHS for op? Has it been a success, sorry for all questions just trying to get ad much info as possible

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Yes preliminary test,consultations private by Freeman cardiologist and then transferred to NHS at Freeman for further consultations and op. Yes my op was a success and I continue to see my EP every 6 months .However I am very lucky because although I have permanent AF I am mostly asymptomatic . I also take Warfarin as an anticoagulant and Ramipril for high blood pressure.

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Leeds have been outstanding, both for my PAF and ablation and my daughters ongoing cardiac issues. Can’t recommend them more highly

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Would this be leeds general ?

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Yes. Outstanding centre, far better (in my opinion) than Castle Hill

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Newcastle Freeman Hospital are a centre of excellence for heart problems. I had my ablation for AF there 2 months ago with Dr Bourke. Couldn’t recommend him enough! Waiting list is no more than 3 months from first meeting your EP. This was all NHS. I asked about Bupa and he said it would make no difference. Not just a brilliant doctor but an honest one too!

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How did it go Julie, I have just spoke to my gp and she said Dr Bourke was highly recommended by her

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I couldn’t ask anything more. He understood my situation immediately, recommended me straight for ablation, bypassing all the drugs. He’s calm and kind and knowledgable. And he’s done hundreds if not thousand of ablations - you are in safe hands.

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I had cryoablation 6 months ago at Freeman Newcastle under Dr Stephen Murray. Procedure went fine and care before during and after was excellent.

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