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NHS Heart Chief to open new MRI cardiac surgery facilities

You are invited to cover the official opening of the new cardiac surgery facilities at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) by Professor Roger Boyle, CBE, the NHS National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke. The facilities include a new five-bedded Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSITU) and operating theatre. The event takes places on Thursday 15th November from 1pm, with a photo call at 1.15pm in the Manchester Heart Centre (MHC) at MRI. Professor Boyle will open the centre and then tour the facilities. The Department of Health has given funding of £12 million towards providing the CSITU, equipping an operating theatre, and reconfiguring existing ward and theatre areas to allow for this expansion. Background The Manchester Heart Centre is based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and provides both a range of cardiac surgery and cardiology services. The cardiological element of the service relocated recently to new premises, including five state of the art Catheter Laboratory facilities, as part of a £420 million PFI scheme being carried out by Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Manchester area 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 over 1,000 patients will have had heart surgery at the MHC in the financial 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 services including catheter ablation treatment for patients with palpitations, cardiac genetics services and a rapid access blackouts clinic. Both the new facilities will help to increase the number of complex or emergency heart operations that the MHC can undertake by around 50 per cent over the next few years, as well as help to reduce waiting times for surgery. If you would like to attend, please contact Jill Hulme, Press Officer, on 0161 276 8763/07913 278514.