We offer a full and comprehensive range of modern, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques at The James Cook University Hospital for a large population. These include facilities for the insertion and follow-up of pacemakers, echocardiography, exercise stress testing, various monitoring procedures and electrophysiology including radiofrequency, ablations and implantable defibrillators.

We also help the care of patients with chronic heart disease who develop other major illnesses and are supported by the cardiac rehabilitation department which provides a seven-week programme for patients recovering from heart conditions or surgery.

Clinical director – Dr Andrew Sutton

Cardiothoracic surgery

The cardiothoracic unit at The James Cook University Hospital is a specialised regional service serving a population of 1.5 million stretching from Whitehaven in Cumbria to North Yorkshire, Teesside and Durham.

Our cardiac services are supported by the North of England Cardiovascular (NECVN) network, which is a forum that represents us, our partners in primary care, our colleagues in referring hospitals and the local strategic health authorities.

We are a centre for lung cancer and the focus of the Cancer Care Alliance of Teesside, South Durham and Yorkshire. We hold a weekly specialist lung cancer multidisciplinary team meeting, which is attended by respiratory physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and lung cancer nurses. Extended members of the team include social workers and occupational therapists. This aims to provide expert management for this patient group.

Clinical director – Mr Simon Kendall

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia

We have a team of nine cardiothoracic anaesthetists who provide anaesthesia for all cardiothoracic surgical procedures including minimal access surgery, TAVI and VAT lobectomy. We also manage the 12 bedded cardiothoracic intensive care unit supported by five fully trained advanced critical care practitioners.

Clinical director – Dr Robert Meikle


This division provides the following services:

South Cleveland Heart Fund

South Cleveland Heart Fund was founded in 1995 and is run by volunteers. We are a registered charity (no. 1051565) which aims to help the cardiothoracic unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. We achieve this by fundraising to purchase vital equipment as well as helping provide essential support to the unit, patients and their families.

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