The James Cook University Hospital has been named as an international flagship site for a specialist heart procedure which replaces narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure that provides an alternative to open heart surgery for higher risk patients. The Middlesbrough team is one of only two in the country – and one of only a handful in Europe – to be awarded Benchmark status by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver.
COVID-19 and my heart treatment
It’s often worrying having to come into hospital for heart treatment anytime, but we appreciate at the moment you might have extra worries and concerns at the moment.
However, we are still here for you so if you have any questions or concerns please ring any member of the team, this is particularly important if you feel like your symptoms are getting worse.
Gemma (TAVI specialist nurse) 01642 854239
Mel (TAVI and aortic secretary) 01642 854620
We have extra precautions in place with social distancing measures and staff wearing personal protective clothing (PPE) masks, gloves and aprons to protect your health and wellbeing.
Coming in for TAVI
The nurse or secretary will phone you to confirm a date for your TAVI.
A few days before coming into hospital you will be asked to isolate at home and will need to have a COVID-19 swab taken. Our team will give you all the details on how to do this over the phone. If you need to attend a clinic appointment prior to coming into hospital, we will call you to let you know when this will be.
You can watch a video of the procedure on our Youtube to give you an idea of what to expect but please contact us if you or your family have any questions.