Duke of Kent to open £4m Lincoln hospital heart centre
Lincoln will have a royal visitor next week when The Queen's cousin will officially open the county's new heart centre.
The Duke of Kent will visit the new £4 million facility at Lincoln County Hospital on Wednesday, September 4.
The centre now provides new cardiac catheterisation laboratories with direct access for ambulances, a new recovery unit and a cardiac short-stay unit.
It enables heart patients from across the county to be treated with a procedure called coronary angioplasty.
A small balloon is used to physically open a blocked artery, often followed by the implantation of a metal scaffold called a stent.
When performed as an emergency for a heart attack, the treatment is known as a primary angioplasty.
And it is recognised as the most effective treatment for patients suffering the most severe form of heart attack.
So far this year, 250 emergency procedures and more than 1,600 procedures in total have been carried out in the new centre.
Consultant interventional cardiologist Dr David O'Brien is the clinical lead for the project at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
"The new heart centre is an exciting development for the county, enabling us to provide cutting edge treatment to heart patients across Lincolnshire," he said.
"Our initial performance and results are extremely encouraging and on a par with some of the more established heart attack centres across the UK."
Patient Les Sheehan was treated in the heart centre in July.
He said: "The trust should be extremely proud of the work of the heart centre.
"I was highly impressed by the treatment I received, both in the unit and in the hospital after my operation.
"Nothing was too much trouble for anyone and I was totally in awe of the doctors.
"The staff displayed fantastic team spirit and made me feel part of the whole process."