Dr Richard Watkin is a consultant cardiologist working primarily at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. He has expertise in all aspects of coronary intervention for stable and unstable coronary syndromes. His work in general cardiology includes the investigation and treatment of chest pain, palpitations, hypertension (including renal sympathetic denervation), heart failure and shortness of breath. He is a national expert in infective endcarditis and was awarded an MD from the University of Birmingham for research into the molecular aspects of this disease. Dr Watkin is the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield. For NHS appointments to see Dr Watkin please ask your GP to refer directly. For private appointments contact Spire Little Aston Hospital (0121 3536637) or Jo Horton (Dr Watkin's private secretary on 07827 446803 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) For more information: www.drwatkin.co.uk
In the usual older male practice of denial I made an outpatient appointment to see Richard Watkin at Little Aston. After an informative consultation and returning for a scan and tests, the time came when I had to tell my wife! She then attended with me and kept an eye on me while I had a stent fitted at The Priory Hospital. We were both given the greatest confidence in the treatment and advice given by Dr Watkin. The procedure was fairly stress-free and involved only a one night stay at The Priory. I was then referred back to Good Hope NHS for their Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme which I have found to be excellent!
Understanding, thorough, dynamic, efficient and patient whilst he listens to your problems, which to you are enormous but medically may not be so bad, and treats every question with a professional response injecting humour when required to relax you. All methods of treatment are explained clearly to you with the benefits and deficits of each course of action outlined. I first saw Dr Watkins in action when I was in Good Hope hospital under another consultant and I was therefore able to see first hand how Dr Watson dealt with patients without having a connection to him - I was impressed. I have also seen Dr Watson as a private patient [both under health insurance and self funding] and in modern parlance I believe I got, and still get, excellent value for my money. I feel confident whilst in his care. Dr Watkin has helped me to resolve problems relating to minor strokes, irregular heart beat and low blood pressure. Treatment has involved cardioversions, pacemaker, drugs and the numerous tests relating to the heart. One improvement that I would suggest is that because Dr Watkin is dynamic sometimes the odd minor admin matter may slip through the net because of pressure of work. This is more a matter of inconvenience which has always been remedied via Dr Watkin's equally efficient private secretary.
Following a serious heart attack in September of 1999 I have been living with and managing my condition with the help of a lot of dedicated medical professionals and physical trainers. Richard is the second Consultant Cardiologist I have worked with, both of them brilliant men within in their speciality. From a patient's point of view it is very important to be listened to whilst being reassured with a calm and positive bedside manner. I have been very fortunate with all of the people who have looked after me for the past sixteen years, especially my recently retired GP and particularly Richard Watkin. I first met Richard in 2012 following an emergency referral by my GP with classic symptoms of another heart attack on the way in my opinion. I was admitted to Good Hope Hospital and placed in the observation ward overnight. Following a short consult the next morning during which Richard listened intently to my comments and experience, he immediately sent me to Heartlands Hospital for an Angiogram. This procedure showed my right hand cardiac artery to be completely blocked which turned into an Angioplasty consisting of installing three stents in series and unblocking the artery. A two hour procedure. Half an hour later I was sitting up in bed enjoying chicken curry and tea and feeling fantastic and on my feet two hours after that. I was discharged the next day and have not looked back since including two exercise ecg tests for the DVLA on a treadmill, all supervised by Richard. My recent results indicated that I am in good shape and doing very well. Richard said exactly those words. For an exceptionally busy man Richard always makes time, listens intently and it is very obvious to me that he cares a great deal for his patients. An outstanding Consultant and superb compassionate man indeed. Thank you very much Richard! Peter Ingley
About three years ago my GP became concerned that I had a problem with my heart and he referred me to Dr Richard Watkin. It was a very difficult time for my wife and the family. Initially I had an angiogram and was diagnosed with coronary heart disease, with stable angina which could initially be managed with medication, but there was a possibility that I may require stenting in the future. There were a few problems with medication and Dr Watkin fitted a stent about a year later. I continue to meet with him, less frequently these days, for a review. Dr Watkin has an excellent ‘bedside manner’, and a genuine interest in his patients’ welfare. He is very down to earth, easy to talk to and he explains in lay terms his diagnosis and his proposals and recommendations for treatment. Whenever I have mentioned his name in in front of his colleagues, it is obvious that he is highly regarded both by his staff and peers. I have had a number of health problems over the last 30 years, and have always been looked after extremely well by everyone at my GP practice, doctors, consultants and all the staff I have met in the NHS. I consider myself to be very lucky that I was referred to Dr Watkin. I have total trust in him and cannot recommend him highly enough. I sincerely believe he epitomises everything that is good in our health care system in the UK!