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New Heart Centre opens

Posted on Tuesday 29th November 2011
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The new Heart Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary

A new Heart Centre opens next week at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary that will benefit over 700 patients each year in north Cumbria. Patients with heart disease will now be able to have coronary angioplasty operations locally following the development of this new service.

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. Prior to the introduction of the new service, angina and heart attack patients underwent assessments at the Cumberland Infirmary or West Cumberland Hospital, and then were transferred to Newcastle, Middlesborough or Blackpool hospitals for further treatment.

A specialised operating theatre with X-ray imaging equipment and a hospital ward have been provided in a dedicated unit at the front of the hospital. The unit was created by HTGL Architects and the diagnostic laboratory provided by InHealth.

The new service will initially be provided Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm with the operating hours then gradually extended to provide a 24 hour, 7 day a week service within 12 months.

The unit opens next Tuesday and will initially provide angiography (diagnostic service) and will start to deliver angioplasty from Monday 5 December.

Patients with heart disease benefit from quick diagnosis and treatment, therefore the availability of immediate angioplasty locally is important in avoiding delay and reducing the risk of life threatening heart attacks for patients in Cumbria. The development of this service has been a major priority for local GPs and other commissioning organisations in Cumbria.

Coronary angioplasty treats heart disease and angina and is sometimes 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.

Angioplasty requires a dedicated team of experts to deliver it promptly and professionally. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has recruited three new Consultant Intervention Cardiologists to develop the service. They are:

  •  Dr Roger Moore, Lead Intervention Consultant Cardiologist
  •  Dr Justin Barclay, Intervention Consultant Cardiologist
  •  Dr Rhidian Shelton, Interventional Consultant Cardiologist

Lead Intervention Consultant Cardiologist Dr Roger Moore, who has worked in Liverpool, Preston and Blackpool, said: “The new angioplasty service in The Heart Centre offers a dramatic improvement in cardiac care for the people of Cumbria allowing local access to treatments already available in other parts of the country. Cumbrian patients will have the opportunity for immediate diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease reducing the likelihood of heart attacks and saving lives.”