Doors open to new multi-million pound heart unit

The doors have opened this week to a new £2.48million cardiology day case unit at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

Work started on the development in November 2014 and this week saw the first patients walk through the doors.

The new unit will see all outpatient and day case cardiology services at the hospital brought together in one place. It is just one of a number of initiatives that is being undertaken as part of the Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures programme of change in North and North East Lincolnshire which aims to deliver better and more efficient health and wellbeing services to people.

During the development a dedicated cardiac catheterisation laboratory has also been built, which will enable the cardiology team to provide state-of-the-art heart services.

Associate medical director Mr Oltunde Ashaolu said: “The opening of the new department is incredibly exciting not just for the staff but also our patients as we will be able to offer a much more comprehensive heart service to local people. This will be much better for patients as they will be able to access a greater range of more sophisticated services on their local doorstep in a centralised, dedicated cardiac unit.

“The new unit will provide a cardiac catheter laboratory with a 12-bed day case area where we will carry out angiography work for coronary disease and carry out operations for new pacemakers and other cardiac devices.

“The unit will allow us access to all the necessary equipment to carry out tests and procedures for inpatients and outpatients in a more timely fashion as well as letting us do more sophisticated procedures.”

The unit has been built in the main outpatient department at the front of the hospital adjacent to the current cardiology outpatient area and has its own entrance to cardiology outpatient and day case services.

Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures is a major programme of change which aims to deliver better and more efficient health and wellbeing services to people living in Northern Lincolnshire. This is led by North and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), working in partnership with local health and care providers and both councils.

With the public’s help, we want to plan and design quality, responsive and innovative services that will support local people to live their lives to the fullest, manage periods of ill health and remain in their own homes living as independently as possible.

Health funding is not keeping pace with demand and if we are to continue to provide the very high quality of support that people living in North and North East Lincolnshire deserve in a way that’s sustainable then we need to be able to do things differently and we need to do this soon.

Our aim is to look at how we can develop an improved health and wellbeing system that can continue to deliver safe, quality and affordable services that are built around people, for years to come.

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