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NHS heart chief opens new MRI cardiac surgery facilities

The new Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSITU) at the Manchester Royal Infirmary has been officially opened by Professor Roger Boyle CBE, the NHS National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke. Professor Boyle met staff and patients in the new five-bedded CSITU and also saw a new specialist operating theatre. The Department of Health has given funding of £12 million towards providing and equipping the CSITU, the additional theatre and reconfiguring existing ward and theatre areas to allow for the expansion. The CSITU and theatre will help to increase the number of heart operations that the Manchester Heart Centre (MHC) can undertake by around 50 per cent over the next few years, as well as to reduce waiting times for surgery. Commented Professor Boyle: “I am delighted to open this new unit of the hospital that will provide a specialist approach to treating patients who suffer from cardiac illnesses and is dedicated to providing the best care possible for its patients.” Added Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services and Chief Nurse: “The new high-tech facilities will increase the number of patients we can treat, and enable us to provide first class care in a comfortable, modern environment.” The Manchester Heart Centre provides both a range of cardiac surgery and cardiology services. The cardiology element of the service relocated recently to a state of the art facility as part of the £420 million New Hospitals Development scheme being carried out by Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. Manchester has one of the highest rates of heart disease in the UK, and the MHC is treating a growing number of patients. It is anticipated that approximately 1,000 patients will have had heart surgery at the MHC in the current year. Each year the MHC cardiologists also undertake around 2,000 angioplasties, involving the introduction of hollow tubes in the blood vessels in the heart to help blood flow more freely. The MHC is also home to a number of internationally renowned specialist services including catheter ablation treatments for patients with palpitations, cardiac genetics services and a rapid access blackouts clinic. The MHC has also been identified as the centre for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, (ACHD), for the North West, Lancashire & Cumbria, North Wales and the Isle of Man.