A new consultant cardiologist hopes his appointment will reduce unnecessary travel
for patients and provide specialist care locally in the future.
Dr Sasalu Deepak has begun work, based at Royal Lancaster Infirmary but also
conducting clinics at Ulverston Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness
He also carries out work at Blackpool Teaching Hospital, the local tertiary centre for
cardiac patients, ensuring that where possible local patients receive a continuation
of the care they receive under the same consultant.
After graduating from Mysore in India, Dr Deepak became a house officer in the
Western isles in Scotland.
He completed his higher medical training in the North West, at Burnley and then proceeded to train in cardiology working at Blackpool, Bury, Crew and Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.
He completed his specialist training in the West Midlands Cardiology Training Programme with sub-speciality training in complex device implantation and management for Heart failure (Implantation of biventricular pacemakers, CRTP- Cardiac resynchronization therapy and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators-ICD to prevent arrhythmic death) and Electrophysiology-EP (Ablation for cardiac arrhythmias, management of palpitations and syncope)
He has also worked with specialist Heart failure/ transplant teams in Manchester and Birmingham and looks forward to strengthening local heart failure services in collaboration with the community Heart Failure teams.
“Patients do have to travel to a tertiary centre for specialist treatment, but I want to
talk to local GPs to put into place systems and processes to ensure that patients
only travel where it is necessary and where possible they are seen locally.
“The area is a fantastic place to work and live and I look forward to using my
specialist training and knowledge to benefit local patients.”
Outside of work his interests include travelling, yoga and he is looking forward to
take up cycling.
George Nasmyth, Medical Director for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This appointment should be welcomed as it will lessen the need for the service to rely on locum doctors and mean that local patients can have continuity of care. With his experience and his work at Blackpool, it means that patients should be able to access a familiar face if they have to travel.”