Blackpool’s £52million heart and lung unit, officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester in October 2006, is now making an impact the treatment of cardiac and thoracic patients from across the North West.
The Lancashire Cardiac Centre is one of the largest state-of-the-art specialist heart and lung units in Britain and the flagship of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust.
The new centre has already made an impact and significantly increased the numbers of patients who require investigation and treatment for heart problems.
But the Trust is also on track to further expand on thoracic services with additional diagnostic and theatre space available if and when patient demand increases.
Since opening its doors all departments of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, previously spread across various sites, have been moved into the new building. It enables patients to get their outpatient services including cardiac investigation, rapid response chest pain clinic, with blood tests and clinical checks all under one roof.
The training of staff in the use of highly technical equipment and diagnostic techniques is taking place in the Trust’s new Education and Training Centre which is part of the new development. This is equipped with all the latest digital cameras and monitors which are directly linked to each of the operating rooms and catheter laboratories.
Dr. David Roberts, Consultant Cardiologist said “The building is proving very popular with both old and new patients. It is very welcoming and has been designed with patients right at the centre. It has been a very exciting time for the Trust and an opportunity to change the way we do things. We have three new catheter laboratories with capacity for a fourth, when fully operational we will be able to treat over 4000 patients a year. Interventional Cardiology is progressing at a very rapid rate and we are now at the forefront for patients up and down the
North West coast. We can offer the most up-to-date treatments of acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes including 24 hour primary angioplasty service as a regional heart attack centre”.