VAD patient on exercise bike

Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service


The Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service is dedicated to managing patients with severe heart failure who may be candidates for heart transplantation and/or ventricular assist devices (artificial hearts). We provide a national service caring for patients throughout Scotland from the Borders to the Shetland Islands.


Our team is focused on delivering high quality care to our patients and includes:

  • heart failure and transplant cardiologists;
  • cardiovascular surgeons;
  • cardiac imagine experts;
  • arryhthmia specialists;
  • a psychologist;
  • transplant and ventricular assist device (VAD) coordinators;
  • nursing staff;
  • physiotherapists; and
  • dieticians.

The management of heart failure patients involves early identification and control of risk factors, and predisposing conditions for heart failure.


What we do


At The Golden Jubilee National Hospital, we offer the following treatment options:

  • Defibrillators
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Devices (pacemakers)
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
  • ECMO (a technique that oxygenates blood outside the body)
  • Heart Transplantation

When used along with with patient education to empower patients, these treatment options improve a patient's prognosis and decreases the likelihood of hospital readmission.


Acute Heart failure / Mechanical circulatory support referrals


For all urgent acute heart failure or mechanical circulatory support referrals please contact the oncall Consultant Transplant Surgeon via switchboard 0141 951 5000.

Alternative points of contact include the oncall Consultant Heart Failure Cardiologist (weekday daytime only) and the Consultant Intensivist who are also available through switchboard. 

Email completed referral form to the receiving clinician and cc:


AHF/MCS referral form

AHF/MCS referral pathway

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