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New service brings benefits to heart patients

23 September 2016

A brand new service launched today for people with heart conditions is set to bring a range of benefits to the local community.

A brand new service launched today for people with heart conditions is set to bring a range of benefits to the local community.

West Middlesex University Hospital has expanded its existing cardiology service so that patients, as well as their family and friends, will no longer need to travel to other hospitals for diagnosis and treatment of common heart conditions.

The first patient to benefit from the new service was Mr Kalyan from Norwood Green (pictured above) who underwent an angiogram—a procedure to photograph the heart and look for any blockages. This procedure previously would have been carried out at a specialist centre in central London meaning Mr Kalyan would have had to travel much further from home.

After the procedure Mr Kalyan said: “I feel like a VIP! The service from everyone today has been faultless. I really can’t praise the team here enough. I was very nervous arriving here this morning but have been made to feel comfortable and put at ease.”

Mr Kalyan previously worked at Heathrow airport but has now retired. “I would love to volunteer at the hospital so that I can give something back and as soon as I feel well enough I will be coming in to find out how I can help.”

Heather Lawson (centre right) was the second patient through the doors today and was also very appreciative of the new local service: “In June I came into A&E with symptoms of a tightening of the chest. I fully expected to be going back home later that day but was told I had had a heart attack and would need to be admitted for further investigation.

"At that time it meant being transferred to High Wycombe for an angiogram, which was a long way to travel, and afterwards I was too exhausted to go straight home. Being able to have this done at my local hospital now makes a big difference and I have really been well looked after today.”