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You are here: Contents > 2012 > Volume 21 Number 1 January 2012 > REVIEW ARTICLE > The Case for a Specialist Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic

The Case for a Specialist Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic

John B. Chambers, Guy Lloyd, Helen M. Rimington, Denise Parkin1, Anna M. Hayes, Gemma Baldrock-Apps, Ann Topham

Cardiothoracic Centre, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London, Cardiology Department, Eastbourne Hospital, Sussex, UK

Valve disease is common and is increasing in prevalence as the population ages. The delivery of appropriate management is not always straightforward, and better ways of organizing care are required. Here, the argument is made for a specialist multidisciplinary valve clinic, while a description is provided of the authors’ model clinic, which incorporates a specialist cardiologist in addition to sonographers and a nurse who carry out

the surveillance services. The clinic is based at a cardiothoracic center and one district hospital, but could be generalized. Previous audits have shown that this model can reduce the number of patients seen by a cardiologist, thus improving the safety and quality of treatment compared to conventional clinics.


The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2012;21:1-4

The Case for a Specialist Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic

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