Guy Haywood MD FRCP

Consultant Cardiologist

Specialist in Adult Cardiology with a focus on heart rhythm problems


I am a specialist in Adult Cardiology dealing with all types of heart disease, but focusing primarily on heart rhythm problems.

I work in Plymouth in the South West of the UK at the South West Cardiothoracic Centre, University Hospitals Plymouth (Derriford), Plymouth and at the Peninsula Heart Clinic, situated on the University Hospitals Plymouth site.

I qualified in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital London and specialised in the investigation and treatment of heart disorders at St. George’s Hospital, London, Stanford University, California and the Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre, Southampton.

Following appointment at Derriford Hospital Plymouth (now renamed University Hospitals Plymouth), I helped to set up the South West Cardiothoracic Centre – the Specialist Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery centre for Devon and Cornwall and established the Cardiac Electrophysiology service for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

Much of my work is connected to the care of arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and I am performing ablations for most types of heart rhythm disturbances 3 days per week on most weeks. Our results are as good as any published in the world cardiological literature.

GAH Abalation
An atrial fibrillation ablation procedure

I have served as a member of the Executive Council of the Arrhythmia Alliance heart rhythm charity, and I represented the South West on the National Specialist Commissioning advisory body for Cardiology (CRG). Previously I have served on the Heart Rhythm UK (now BHRS – British Heart Rhythm Society ) Council, acted as the Secretary to the UK Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology Society and been a member of the Department of Health’s Expert Group on Cardiac Arrhythmias.

I have a major interest in heart rhythm research and lead cardiology research in Plymouth as Associate Professor of Cardiology for the University of Plymouth.

Latest News…….

Since 2021, £10 from each patient I see outside of my NHS work has gone to support reforestation charity work in Africa and Asia.

This work, by supporting community owned reforestation and agro-forestation projects, alleviates poverty at the same time as regenerating forests, increasing biodiversity and healing the planet. The work is through a partnership with The International Tree Foundation