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Consultants appointed to deliver new heart treatment

Posted on Friday 5th August 2011
Dr Justin Barclay

Dr Justin Barclay

Three Consultant Cardiologists have been appointed by North Cumbria University Hospitals as the Cardiology service expands in preparation for the introduction of a new life-saving treatment.

The Cardiology team has been boosted as the Trust prepares to start offering Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or angioplasty, from October.

Trust staff have been hard at work for more than a year, putting the groundwork in place to offer this new service in Cumbria for the first time, in a dedicated PCI unit at the Cumberland Infirmary.

Angioplasty treats coronary heart disease and angina and is sometimes also used as an emergency treatment for people who have had a heart attack. It involves inserting a balloon to clear blocked arteries and may also involve the insertion of a stent (a tube to hold the arteries open). Currently north Cumbrian patients have to travel to Newcastle, Middlesbrough or Blackpool for the procedure.  

 Two interventional Consultant Cardiologists with specialist knowledge in this field have started work at North Cumbria University Hospitals in the past few weeks. Dr Roger Moore, who has worked in Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool, will be the lead consultant, joined by Dr Justin Barclay, originally from Aberdeen, who has recently returned from working in Canada. A further interventionalist will be joining the team later in the year.

 They will work alongside Dr Martin Cowley, Consultant Cardiologist and Dr Jaroslav Kajzr, a Cardiologist with a specialist interest in imaging, who took up his post with the Trust in June. The Trust will also be advertising for a devices specialist to enhance the Trust’s well-established pacemaker service.

 Dr Denis Burke, Associate Medical Director for the Trust, said: “We are really pleased to welcome such experienced Cardiologists to the team at what is a very exciting time for the department. The PCI service will make a real difference to the lives of cardiac patients in Cumbria and is a significant development in treating those with heart disease closer to home.”

 The PCI service is due to begin in October 2011 and will initially focus on elective PCI procedures. Once established, it will develop into a Primary PCI service, operating 24/7 to include the management of emergencies.

 A planning application has been submitted to Carlisle City Council for a temporary PCI laboratory and 12 bed recovery ward which would be erected on the site of the former Mulberry Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary site