We value our specialist team because of the dedication they have put into building an excellent reputation for our hospital. Our building was carefully desgined not only by the architects' expertise, but through active thoughts and ideas from the staff themselves. This helped produce an improved patient journey and better overall service. 

Meet our Nursing and Electrophysiology Team

Nikki Axford

Nikki has a dual role at the Oxford Private Heart Centre - as Senior Anaesthetic Sister and as Senior Operating Department Practitioner. She qualified in nursing in 1981 and worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, before moving to the John Radcliffe Hospital in an NHS career spanning 33 years.Her work at the Oxford Private Heart Centre involves assisting the Consultant Anaesthetist, before the operation, during it and over the recovery period.

For Nikki, the challenge of supporting advanced surgeries and major complex spinal procedures was partly what attracted her to her post at the Centre.

 “You really feel you can, and do, make a difference here. We all know each other well and are like a big family. Management are very much behind us and strongly support our professional development.”

Lesley Savage

Since qualifying as a nurse in 1984, Lesley specialised in cardiology nursing, working in London’s leading teaching hospitals, St Thomas’s and the Royal Brompton. She then worked at the John Radcliffe paediatric ward for 1 year, alongside running her own business as a reflexologist and infant massage practitioner. She joined the team at the Oxford Private Heart Hospital in 2010.

“Anything to do with the heart is clearly scary, but patients are reassured when they come here and see calm, friendly faces, and when you talk to them and answer their questions – it just instantly puts them at ease. Personally I find this very rewarding.”

Meet our Management and Administration Team

Adrian Armitage

Adrian is Cardiac and Diagnostic Services Manager – a role that has a wide remit, covering all aspects of the cardiology service at the Hospital. He set up the service in 2004 with leading consultant cardiologist, Professor Adrian Banning, whom he had previously worked with while in a similar post at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The two hospitals continue a mutually beneficial collaboration, with consultants, and nurse specialists moving between them.

A key part of Adrian’s work at the Oxford Private Heart and Lung Centre is overseeing the advanced cardiac diagnostic imaging service. This is a vital early stage in a patient’s journey; having high definition images taken of their heart and coronary vessels to ensure accurate diagnosis and the subsequent planning of appropriate treatment.