New £4.3m heart centre to open at Lincoln County Hospital
A new £4.3million heart centre to treat Lincolnshire patients suffering from a heart attack is opening at Lincoln County Hospital.
The centre is due to be fully up and running from next week.
The development of a second cardiac catheter laboratory has seen the current specialist unit more than double in size and has also provided a significant increase in the number of specialist staff.
The Lincolnshire Heart Centre will offer primary angioplasty (PPCI) which is the best available treatment for people suffering a heart attack. The procedure uses a small balloon inserted into the heart from the arm or the leg to unblock a blocked artery which is usually the cause of a heart attack.
Both emergency and planned cardiac procedures will be able to be carried out at all hours.
Dr David O'Brien, consultant interventional cardiologist and clinical lead for the project at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is a really exciting development for Lincolnshire as the new heart centre will enable us to offer this first class treatment to all patients across the county.
"Time is of the essence in clearing an artery once it is blocked and it is important to save as much heart muscle as possible and limit damage to the heart.
"For this reason patients ideally need to be in the heart centre and with their artery unblocked within 120 minutes of calling for help."