Dr James R Wilkinson

Dr James R Wilkinson

Wessex Cardiology

Cardiology, General (internal) medicine 04198455

  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Interventional cardiology


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About us

James Wilkinson has been a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) since July 2011, where he does NHS lists, clinics and on-call for the heart attack service. He is the clinical lead for the cardiac catheter lab user group and complex coronary service at UHS. He is the regional cardiac interventional clinical lead (Specialised Commissioning, NHS South East Region) and the clinical lead for the HIOW ICB cardiac delivery network. He also does a weekly NHS clinic at Lymington New Forest Hospital, where he has been a visiting consultant 2011. He was an Honorary Consultant at Salisbury 2011-2014, where he did procedural lists twice a month.

His procedural specialist area's of interest are:
A) coronary intervention, including complex coronary intervention, rotablation and treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) i.e. arteries that have been blocked a long time). |He set up the CTO service at Southampton and is the clinical lead. Most of this work is done via the radial route (wrist artery).
B) Mitral valve edge to edge repair (mTEER) for severely leaking mitral valves and he does these procedures with Dr Mahmoudi at UHS on the NHS. They are just setting up a Tricuspid programme on the NHS.
C) Renal denervation (RDN) to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), he established this service at UHS.

He does all aspects of general cardiology, has echocardiography experience and implants permanent pacemakers.

James qualified in 1995 from St George's Hospital Medical School, where he was President of the student union. He did his intercalated BSc at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in 1994. He did his house jobs and general professional training in London, obtaining his MRCP qualification in 1999. His specialist registrar training in Cardiology was on the NE Thames rotation from 2000 to 2010, when he obtained his certificate of completion of training. He was awarded FRCP in 2014.

James has a strong background in Medical Education and spent a year as an Education Research Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians in 2003, where he was involved in the development of new assessment methods that are now used for doctors in training. He has taught as faculty for the Doctors as Educators programme since 2003. He has an interest in the use of simulators to train cardiologists. He is published in education and regularly peer reviews education papers. He is a Wessex Educational Supervisor and the local lead for simulation based training in cardiology. He has been on various national education committees in Cardiology and regularly organises conferences and courses both locally and nationally. He did a PhD in cell biology and regularly contributes to clinic research at UHS.

James completed his sub-specialist training in intervention at two internationally renowned cardiac units, St Bartholomew's and the London Chest Hospital. He has experience of novel ways of doing day-case work, the development of heart attack services and experience with new interventional techniques. In his final year he also did General Internal Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and dual accredited in this. He worked as a locum consultant for Barts and the London NHS Trust prior to his appointment at UHS.

James is the administrative partner for the private group Wessex Cardiology. His private practice mirrors his NHS practice. James can see private patients at either Southampton Spire or in Lymington. He does private pacemakers and angiograms at Southampton Spire. More complex procedures such as stents and PCI are done at University Hospital Southampton where a greater range of specialised equipment and backup are available. A mitral edge-to-edge repair service is currently being set up at Southampton Spire.

Areas of interest

Interventional cardiology; Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Stenting; Radial angiograms and stents; Complex coronary PCI including chronic total occlusions (CTO), rotablation and left main stenting; Pressure wire and IVUS studies; Diagnostic angiograms including bypass graft studies; Mitral valve edge-to-edge repair (mTEER), Renal denervation for resistant hypertension; Pacemaker insertion;
Treating heart attacks (including STEMI and NSTEMI); Chest pain; Angina,
General cardiology; Blackouts; Palpitations; Shortness of Breath; Syncope; Valve disease; Mitral regurgitation; AF; Cardiomyopathy such as hypertrophic

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Procedures completed

  • 20110

    ECG (including reporting) - (5-50)

  • X3510

    IV sedation administered by operator - (1-5)

    Spire Southampton Hospital (1-5)

  • K6513

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/contrast radiology) - (1-5)

    Spire Southampton Hospital (1-5)

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