I was diagnosed with persistent atrial fibrillation in October 2016. Initially I was treated with drugs and a cardioversion but I was warned right at the start that I may need a catheter ablation. The cardioversion was unsuccessful so I was referred to Dr Matthew Ginks. He took time to explain the risks and potential benefits of catheter ablation and the procedure was carried out in December. The objective was to allow me to get back to a normal life without medication and without an irregular heartbeat. I am now over three months past my procedure. I am feeling much better although I was warned that about half of all patients need a second ablation. I can no longer feel an irregular heartbeat which is just magical and I am now waiting to see if symptoms reappear in the coming weeks and months. Throughout all my treatment Dr Ginks has been extremely professional and has always responded really quickly to any questions I have had. He has always been kind and reassuring and takes care to make sure I understand what is going on. I wouldn't change any aspect of my treatment and although I am aware that I may need a second ablation I am confident about my long term prospects with Dr Ginks in charge.
After having three episodes of atrial flutter, each one corrected by having cardioversion treatment, my heart went out of rythem again, I had discussions with my consultant in Jersey ( Dr Andrew Mitchell) and we decided a procedure " catheter ablation" was my best option of putting an end to this persistent problem, Dr Mathew Ginks at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford was recommended. Dr Ginks contacted me personally, we chatted, made the necessary arrangements, date,time etc. From the moment of my admission on the day of my procedure, I could not have been treated in a more professional, polite and friendly manner by every person I came into contact with, every one of the staff who dealt with me introduced themselves, explained there part in my treatment and put me at ease with good manners and humour. Dr Ginks explained the procedure to me fully, allowing me time to address any concerns I may have, his friendly approach portrayed a confidence and ability that made me feel I was in safe hands and calmed any last minute nerves on my part. Following the procedure Dr Ginks spoke to me again, advising that all had gone to plan, and we chatted again prior to my discharge to return home. I wish to express my sincere thanks to Dr Mathew Ginks and his superb team at The John Radcliffe Hospital for the superb treatment and care shown to me. Robert Wilton.
I had previously been suffering with SVT episodes for around 20years and although they were not life threatening they were becoming an inconvenience and a concern that later in life they could become more of a problem. I was referred to Dr Ginks for a consultation and the potential of an operation to rectify the episodes I was experiencing. I explained all my symptoms to Dr Ginks who listened intently to everything I said. Dr Ginks began to explain using diagrams exactly what was happening when I was experiencing the discomfort and how potentially that it could have been one of three possibilities. He explained in full each potential possibility, pausing at any time I had a question or was unsure, and also explained how each possibility could be rectified. Dr Ginks reassured me of any doubts I may have had, explaining in full the pros and cons of how the procedure would go. I left Dr Gink`s consultation feeling very positive and feeling like I was now an expert on my condition. On the day of the procedure Dr Ginks arrived on the ward and straight away came over to say good morning and ask how I was in general. This straight away put me at ease as it was not all about the nature of the procedure he was about to perform. After general chit chat we did get onto the main reason I was there and he explained how the day’s procedure would go. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, I was treat throughout with respect and dignity and always kept totally informed of everything from start to finish. A nice personal touch was being introduced to everybody who would be present in the operating room; it made everything feel less formal which in turn made me feel very relaxed. Dr Ginks is a true gentleman who articulates himself in a professional way but also on a personal level that completely puts one’s mind at rest. I have total confidence in Dr Ginks and his team’s abilities and personal care; why can`t everything be this simple? Thank you for everything Ben Wilde
Following a TIA in September 2013 I was referred to the Arrhythmia Clinic. Dr Matthew Ginks performed my first atrial ablation in April 2014. Unfortunately, I was a difficult customer and two more ablations were undertaken. It appeared I was in the 5% that couldn't be sorted by the procedure. Matthew discussed the options of having a pacemaker for this stubborn heart. In August of this year he inserted a pacemaker and on 19th October performed an AV Node Ablation. We both believe the symptoms will now cease and this last procedure is a success. Since the very first moment of meeting Dr Matthew Ginks I have had the utmost confidence in him. His medical expertise, concern for my welfare, wisdom, care, consideration and patience has been consistent with a determination to achieve the very best outcome for me. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had him as my Consultant. Matthew has always been available to answer questions (and there have been many), explain procedures in detail, and really wanted to ensure I understood possible outcomes and be as comfortable as possible before, during and after the procedures. The procedure team lead by Matthew have been reassuring, fun but totally professional and efficient as were the supporting care of the day unit. I shall always be grateful to them for making me comfortable and calm on each visit. I do not think I can make any suggestions to improve care. Thank you Jeanette B
Following a heart attack, and with persistent Atrial Fibrillation I was referred to Dr Ginks. I was terrified, my family were scared..but Dr Ginks calmed us all. His clear, honest descriptions of the treatments I needed set us all at ease. He helped us understand how the catheter ablations would restore my heart rhythm to normal. He guided us through the cardioversions and now, I have come out the other side and enjoy life, and living again. Thank you Matthew and the wonderful team that surround you, or in the words of one of my grandchildren " granny, you can play again".
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