Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is the practice of treating heart conditions using only local anaesthetic (percutaneously) with minimal access techniques.

The commonest condition treated is the chest pain of angina or heart attack due to coronary artery disease (narrowing of the heart arteries). The treatments most commonly used are stent insertion (a metal meshwork scaffold) and coronary angioplasty.

Other treatments include the use of a rotating diamond tipped burr (rotablation), ultrasound imaging of the heart arteries and use of a pressure wire to assess narrowing in heart arteries.

Newer interventional techniques being developed are the treatment of valvular heart disease, closure of holes in the heart and the treatment of hypertension by delivering radiofrequency energy waves to the renal arteries.

Dr Robinson is a very experienced high volume interventional cardiologist. He started training at King’s College Hospital in 1993, and continued at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the London Chest Hospital. He completed training as an interventional cardiologist and was accredited with a CCST subspecialising in interventional cardiology in 1998.

He has worked as a consultant in London teaching hospitals at The London Chest and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and went on to develop The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.

Dr Robinsons private coronary angiography and coronary stenting is done in London at The Harley Street Clinic as well as The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.

Dr Robinson is highly experienced in the management of stable patients with angina but also emergency patients with heart attacks. As previous lead for the Essex Cardiac Network he helped to set up the current service which treats heart attack patients from Essex directly at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre with stent insertion.

Dr Robinson has submitted all his procedures for audit at local and national level. His complication rates are low and compare favourably with national data presented by the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society.

General Cardiology

As well as being a highly experience interventional cardiologist Dr Robinson’s practice covers the full spectrum of adult cardiology.

His particular expertise is in the diagnosis and management of chest pain due to coronary artery disease. He has been fully trained in diagnostic angiography (taking pictures of heart arteries) since 1996 using radial (from the wrist) and femoral (from the leg) techniques.

Dr Robinson offers a comprehensive range of investigations and treatment for all adult heart conditions including:

London: The Harley Street Clinic

Dr Robinson works privately in London at The Harley Street Clinic. He assesses the full range of cardiology patients with access to state of the art cardiac imaging, including CT coronary angiography and calcium scoring.

Dr Robinson has expertise in providing cardiac risk assessment, coronary angiography and coronary stenting for all his patients seen in London at The Harley Street Clinic.

At The Harley Street Clinic, Dr Robinson works closely with an expert team of cardiac surgeons and doctors in other specialities.

The Harley Street Clinic has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

All Dr Robinsons patients have full access to the world class cardiac facilities at the Harley Street Clinic including:

Essex: The Oaks Hospital

The Oaks Hospital Colchester and The Brook Private Unit at Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

The Oaks Hospital and The Brook Private Cardiothoracic Unit are leading private patient facilities in Essex.

The Brook Private unit is part of the highly renowned Essex Cardiothoracic Centre which was opened in July 2007. Patients have access to the full range of world class facilities in this dedicated cardiothoracic facility.

The Oaks Hospital in Colchester is a high quality private hospital in Colchester where Dr Robinson consults and arranges imaging.

Dr Robinson provides private patients with full access to the specialist theatres, cardiothoracic intensive care units and diagnostic facilities on site. This allows the best of both worlds experiencing private healthcare in an NHS facility providing the comfort of private care with the clinical backup of a large acute hospital.

Dr Robinson performs his invasive and interventional procedures for patients at the Brook Private Patient Unit. He performs coronary angiography (taking pictures of the heart arteries) and coronary stent insertion (placement of a metal meshwork scaffold in the heart arteries). All his patients have full access to the imaging facilities including: