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Meeting the Team


Why didyou decideto

study medicine?

I always wanted to be a doctor from the

age of 5. Then as I got older, at A-levels

I naturally liked science and maths so

I guess it marries my caring and more

scientific sides well.

What madeyou pursue

your specialty?

I started doing research in IVF in 1991

whilst an Obs and Gynae Registrar at St

Thomas’ and found it fascinating. I then

ended up working in the IVF unit at Guy’s

and St Thomas’ and then running it until

2005. I then moved to the Lister to fit in

with family commitments after I had my

daughter in 2004. I could only be tempted

away to the Lister unit because I knew

it was so good!

What isthe most

rewarding part ofyour job?

That’s easy in my job! Seeing couples

getting pregnant and, more importantly,

having a baby. It’s very rewarding seeing

people being able to make the journey

into parenthood.

What doyou enjoy doing

inyour sparetime?

I love outdoor activities – swimming,

walking, skiing...We’ve just moved to the

countryside, so we do a lot of outdoor

stuff. I’m also part of a (very amateur)

band – I play the keyboards and my

partner plays the drums!

What isthetitle ofyour

‘best read’ so far?

‘Kite Runner’ is a very good recent

one; other than that, children’s

bedtime stories!!

Ifyou could invitethree

peopleto dinner, living or

dead,whowouldthey be?

Gordon Ramsey – to cook and entertain,

Dawn French – because I think she is

very funny, and James Blunt – to play in

the band!

Where didyou grow up?

Doyou have a special/

favourite memory?

I grew up in Cambridge. My abiding

memory is of it being very flat so I

yearned for hills! I have many happy

Dr Alison


Fertility Consultant,

Lister Fertility Clinic

Consulting at

31 Old Broad Street

Claire Chitty


Qualified as a nurse in 1994 and started

as a Cardiac Nurse in 1995 – developed

special interest in ablations and devices then.

EP research nurse in 1999-2001 and

moved to LBH in 2001.

Set up EP nurse specialist role in 2005 –

initially a few hours a week.


We perform over 400 ablations a year,

many for AF.

I contact all patients prior to admission

for support, education and specific

information, such as what drugs to start/

stop and what to do about anticoagulation.

I refer patients to anticoagulation services

as necessary – both private and NHS –

and support patients and their families

before, during and after admission.

I provide information to GPs and

referring doctors about the procedures.


I am a member of British Cardiac Society,

Heart Rhythm UK and Heart Rhythm


I teach on in-house and external

Electrophysiology courses and present

at sessions for GPs and other health


I collect audit data on all our EP patients

for the national EP database and work

closely with the whole EP team to

improve quality and service.

Cathy Marshall

As Cardiac Liaison Nurse on the third

floor my role covers different aspects

of patient care. I’m largely involved in

the pre-assessment phone calls of

patients undergoing Coronary

Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass

Grafts and Valve Surgery.

It’s necessary that patients are offered

support and information to relieve anxiety

pre and post operatively and I’m able to

spend time with them and their families.

All patients who have undergone

Myocardial Revascularisation are referred

to their local Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

on discharge home and our follow-up calls

ensure that support is continued at home.

I joined LBH in 1999 and I set up the

Cardiac Liaison role in 2004. I come from

a fitness training background and have

completed the Phase IV British Association

for Cardiac Rehabilitation Course.

Anne Lavaste

In my role, I support cardiology services

at London Bridge Hospital providing

specialist nursing care to a wide spectrum

of cardiac patients. I work autonomously

to support the Consultants and nursing

teams and other multidisciplinary teams.

Many of the cardiac patients have a

complex medical history and require

individualised care, for example heart

failure patients and patients who need

to have a Permanent Pacemaker or

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

inserted. I will see the patients mostly

during their inpatient stay, but I also do

follow-up calls over the phone, and act

as a point of contact. In a nutshell, a big

part of my role is to ensure a smooth

patient journey. On a wider spectrum,

I also act as an educational resource

to both patients and their families and

carers and all clinical staff within the


Cardiac Specialist Nurses

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