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New Diagnostic Cardiac Service to support patients with heart conditions at George Eliot Hospital

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 Local people with heart conditions stand to benefit from a new Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory service launched at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton.

The service, situated within the Radiology department, will allow the Cardiology department to perform coronary angiograms and cardiac catheterisation, as a day procedure, at the George Eliot Hospital for the first time.

The angiograms performed will help in the planning and management of patients treated for such conditions as angina, heart attack, heart failure and palpitations. The laboratory will be shared with interventional radiologists and will also be used for cardiac work, including the implantation of advanced pacing devices, four sessions a week.

The lab compliments the Hospital’s other state of the art imaging facilities such as Cardiac CT Angiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Cardiovascular system and Echocardiography.

Local charities BASICS (Bermuda and Stockingford Intensive Care Support) and the League of Friends have helped to fund this exciting new addition to facilities at the George Eliot Hospital.

Lead Cardiology Consultant, Dr Venkataraman said: “This is a significant development for the hospital and local population. We are now able to provide a full range of diagnostic cardiology services at Nuneaton, including Cardiac Catheterisation.

“Local GPs will be receiving reports of the procedures now being performed at the George Eliot Hospital electronically via Review, our electronics results system, replacing paper versions. This will allow for timely investigations for our patients locally.

“This project was successful mainly due to the hard work by the staff from George Eliot Hospital and with support from the local commissioning group. Donations from local charities; the brilliant BASICS and the League of Friends, helped to purchase part of the installed equipment and we are extremely grateful for their wonderful support to our services and patients.”

“The availability of the lab will help to enhance the reputation of the Trust’s Cardiology team of specialists and will ensure the retention of this highly skilled and motivated multi-disciplinary team, which includes medical staff, nurses, physiologists and radiographers.”

Medical Director, Dr Catherine Free said: “The launch of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory was the culmination of many years of hard work from our Cardiology and Radiology teams to implement this facility, to support local people in Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.”

Healthcare manufacturer, Phillips installed the new facility with support from the Cardiology and Radiology teams based at the George Eliot.

The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory service can be contacted for further information on 024 7686 5294 and 5225.

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