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Work to extend Heart Centre may cause disruption

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2013
Heart Centre

The Heart Centre, which is being extended

Work is underway at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle to prepare for the expansion of The Heart Centre, which will soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Preparatory work began last month and patients and visitors are being warned of some possible disruption on site this Saturday, 16 March, when new modular units for the extension will arrive.

This will result in the temporary closure of one section of the perimeter road around the hospital from 7am until midday, subject to weather conditions.

The perimeter road will be inaccessible from the area adjacent to the Old Doctors’ Residence during the period of the planned work, and traffic to A&E and the rear of the site, including emergency ambulances and CHOC vehicles, will need to gain access via Infirmary Street. Access to the main car parks and to the hospital main entrance will be unaffected. Interserve staff will be on site to guide and direct traffic.

Lynne Gorley, Business Manager for Internal Medicine at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, explained: “Plans may need to be varied at short notice if wind conditions are unsuitable for the crane. If work is delayed or cannot be completed on Saturday, the contingency plan is to work on Sunday. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.”

The Heart Centre opened in November 2011, since when hundreds of patients with heart disease have benefitted from much quicker diagnosis and treatment than was previously available.

When the centre opens 24/7, the service will be extended to include emergency angioplasty treatment for patients who are having an immediately life-threatening heart attack (these patients are currently treated with clot buster drug therapy).

Several new members of staff are being recruited including healthcare assistants, registered nurses, cardiac physiologists, radiographers, registrars and two consultants.