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Cardiac Nurse Specialists

Claire Chitty: CNS – Arrhythmia 

She joined London Bridge Hospital as Cardiac Ward Sister in 2001, taking specific responsibility for the Cardiac High Dependency Unit. Claire is the Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist, and was appointed to this role at London Bridge Hospital in 2005.  She graduated as a Nurse in 1994 and has spent most of her career in Cardiac Nursing. Before coming here, she worked in the NHS on cardiology and cardiac surgery wards, critical care, outpatients and lastly as an Electrophysiology (EP) research nurse. 
She is highly experienced in supporting patients with heart rhythm problems, prior to and after ablations and device therapy. She contacts all patients prior to admission for pre-assessment and is able to answer most questions and queries. She advises about specific needs such as medication, anticoagulation and aftercare and sees all patients during their stay. 
She is a British Heart Foundation Nurse, a member of British Heart Rhythm Society, The British Cardiac Society and The Heart Rhythm Society. In 2010 she passed the Certification for Competency in Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Allied professional (IBHRE), still being the only nurse in the UK to hold this qualification. 

Claire also collects audit data on all of our EP patients for the national EP database and works closely with the whole EP team to improve quality and service.



Farida Edzla: CNS – Cardiology

Farida Edzla is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiology. She works with the Interventional Consultant Cardiologists at London Bridge Hospital. Her role involves telephone pre-assessment of cardiac patients prior to their admission, during which she provides information, answers their questions and explains the planned procedure. This service has proved to provide reassurance, establish rapport with patients and allay any uncertainties. This full-time role involves seeing cardiac patients on the cardiothoracic ward as well as on other wards in the hospital throughout their stay. These daily visits provide an opportunity to fully understand patients' concerns and aspirations, and also to ensure that patients' expectations are realistic and met from admission to discharge. Delivery of evidence-based expert care and advice is pivotal to Farida’s role. Farida Edzla was trained and qualified in the Philippines, and worked in Critical Care for several years in the Middle East. She came to the UK in 2000 where she worked in the NHS as a Cardiac Nurse Specialist after successfully completing the Cardiac Specialist Course at St. George’s University Hospital. She is involved in the education of staff. Prior to this role she was the Deputy Manager on the Cardiothoracic ward.

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Tel: 03331 308 177

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27, Tooley Street
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