Dr Steve Shaw
Consultant Cardiologist & Heart Failure Specialist in Manchester

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About Dr. Steve Shaw

Dr Steve Shaw is a highly regarded consultant cardiologist and heart failure specialist in Manchester. His NHS work is dedicated to the management of congestive heart failure (CHF) at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. He also offers private cardiologist appointments from The BMI Alexandra Hospital (Cheshire) and Spire Manchester Hospital. He will accept any private patient with heart related concerns or issues.

Dr Shaw’s practice manager can be contacted on 0161 696 5295 for any enquiries or to book a private appointment.

Alternatively, please call the appointment line for:

BMI Alexandra Hospital - 0161 495 7000
Spire Manchester Hospital - 0161 825 9930

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Private patients:

Dr Shaw sees private patients on Tuesdays and Fridays at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire and Spire Manchester Hospital in Didsbury. If you wish to self pay, a referral letter is not mandatory. Please simply call Dr Shaw’s secretary or the appointments line at the hospital.

Self Pay Heart Check Up Appointments
Have you had a previous heart problem but are no longer under the follow up of a specialist?

If you think it is time for a consultant to review you, then a private consultation with Dr Shaw will provide the necessary expertise to review your status and advise on the need for any up to date tests or treatment changes. Dr Shaw regularly sees patients with previous bypass operations, coronary stents, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, high cholesterol or palpitations to name just some. He will ensure that you are on the right management pathway to reduce your cardiac risk. To book an appointment, please contact Dr Shaw’s practice management team.

Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance, you will usually require a referral letter from your GP (or other consultant). After you have this, it is good practice to telephone your insurance company before booking an appointment with Dr Shaw in order to get a pre-authorisation code. If any tests or follow up appointments are planned by Dr Shaw after the first appointment, you should again contact your insurer to check you are covered for these before they are performed. Dr Shaw is a ‘fee-assured’ consultant cardiologist which means his fees are within the recommendations by insurance companies. Insurance companies are invoiced directly. A list of common health insurance companies that Dr Shaw works with is listed below.

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NHS patients:

Dr Shaw has an NHS clinic for heart failure patients on Thursday mornings at Wythenshawe Hospital. This is a highly specialised clinic where Dr Shaw prioritises seeing patients with advanced heart failure. His registrars and HF specialist nurses will help to see other patients for general review and medication changes. Dr Shaw runs an LVAD clinic on a Friday (am & pm) and a transplant clinic on a Monday (am & pm).

Heart Failure

Are you short of breath on exertion?

A private assessment by Dr Shaw offers an unparalleled level of expertise

Heart Failure (CHF) is a serious condition where the pumping function of the heart fails to meet the demands of the body. If possible, all patients suspected to have this condition should be seen by a consultant cardiologist who is a recognised heart failure specialist. This means a consultant who dedicates the majority of their workload to heart failure patients and leads a multi-disciplinary heart failure team. Dr Shaw is a leading heart failure specialist and is based in Manchester.

Advanced Heart Failure

The main treatments for heart failure are medications, lifestyle changes and in certain cases pacemaker devices. However, some patients do not improve despite these treatments and the condition can get progressively worse. In these circumstances, we often call the diagnosis advanced heart failure. This is a worrying time for patients and families because the prognosis can be poor. Dr Shaw is one of the leading UK cardiologists for advanced heart failure and he can provide an expert assessment to determine the prognosis and find out whether any other options are available to you.

Heart Transplantation

Heart Transplantation is a surgical option for some patients. It is a celebrated treatment worldwide, as it can offer a truly excellent chance of survival and restoration of health in carefully selected individuals. Dr Shaw helps select patients for transplant and looks after them in his NHS work at Wythenshawe Hospital. However, the donor shortage in the UK means that the eligibility criteria is very strict. It is unusual for transplantation to be offered after the age of 65 or if you have any other significant medical problems.

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Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADS)

Another option for patients struggling with advanced heart failure could be a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). An LVAD is a small mechanical pump that a surgeon attaches to the heart, which then restores a better circulation to the rest of the body. Due to their high cost, the NHS currently restricts the use of these pumps to patients who are transplant listed but might not survive the wait to receive a donor heart. We term the use of the LVAD in this situation a “bridge to transplant”

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Consultant Cardiologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, BMI Alexandra Hospital and Spire Manchester.
  • UK Representative to the IMACS Steering Committee (International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support)
  • Member of the Elevate Registry Steering Committee (An International Study of the Heartmate 3 LVAD)
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester
  • Member of the Heart Allocation Working Group of CTAG (Cardio-Thoracic Advisory Group to NHSBT)
  • National VAD Representative to the CTAG Clinical Audit Group of NHSBT


In 2016, Dr Shaw was awarded the ‘You’re Simply Marvellous’ award by the Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

He was nominated by the patient community to receive the award. One of his heart failure patients commended Dr Shaw for his outstanding patient care in enabling understanding of her condition, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, heart failure in pregnancy.

She said: “When I arrived at UHSM, I was in a terrible condition and there was a point where there was little hope I was going to make it through the night. Dr Shaw and his team not only worked really hard so I survived but they have also provided me with brilliant support ever since. It was always going to be difficult being a new mum with a heart problem but I am happy to have a cardiologist who understands and has both an interest and extensive experience in the condition”.


19th April 2018

Spire Manchester Hospital. Evening Symposium to GPs, providing them with an update about the management of patients with heart failure.

11th - 12th April 2018

Nice, France. Attendance at The International Society of Heart lung Transplant Annual Congress. Presented an abstract about the use of LVADs in the UK as Bridge to Transplant Candidacy. Attended Steering Committee meetings for IMACS and ELEVATE registry.

6th February 2018

IMACS. A huge honour of Dr Shaw's to accept an invitation to join the Steering Committee of IMACS, which is the International Society's Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support. More international meetings on the way!

18th January 2018

London, UK. Attendance at CTAG Heart Allocation Working Group. This was a meeting to discuss and refine the recipient criteria for Heart Transplantation (and their urgency) in the UK.

Practice Manager


Practice Manager: Jayne Bailey

Riverside Centre
Mill Lane

T: 0161 696 5295
F: 0161 850 1270
E: steven.shaw@consultantcare.com

I have been under the care of Dr Shaw since 2013 when my heart failure reached a critical stage. Every decision Dr Shaw has made for me since we met and the medications he has recommended have moved me in a positive direction Verified Patient BMI The Alexandra Hospital, Mill Lane, Cheadle

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0161 696 5295

BMI The Alexandra Hospital
Mill Lane

Spire Hospital Manchester
Barlow Road
M20 2AF

Opening Hours

Tuesdays: 1800-2100hrs
(Alexandra Hospital)

Thursdays: 1730-2030hrs
(Spire Hospital)

Fridays: 1730-2100hrs
(Alexandra Hospital)