In February, we announced a great new partnership with Regent’s Park Healthcare (RPH) to reduce waiting times for specialist cardiology treatment.
Our third cath lab is now open and the first patient at the Peninsula Heart Clinic, Pamela Robertson, was absolutely delighted with her treatment: “Everyone was so nice; they made a scary experience less scary. This was my fourth procedure and I would be very comfortable coming back here in the future as everyone was so lovely.”
Chief Executive, Dr Anil Ohri and Clinic Manager, David Smith from Regent’s Park Healthcare commemorated the occasion with flowers and gifts.
The new facility is expected to treat around 1,000 NHS patients each year, seeing those requiring basic angiograms and straight-forward, day-case Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).
In a partnership arrangement, the new centre offers services for NHS patients three days per week initially. It is staffed by RPH cath lab and recovery staff, with consultants from University Hospitals Plymouth carrying out the procedures.
Similar cardiology public-private partnerships are running elsewhere in the country but in most areas, this work is outsourced to an off-site facility. The NHS retains control in this arrangement using a private facility situated on an NHS site, building on Plymouth’s status as a centre of excellence for cardiothoracic services.
Find out more about the service in the video below:
What is an angiogram?
An angiogram is a procedure that allows clinicians to look inside a person’s coronary arteries using a catheter (a small, thin, flexible tube).
What is a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)?
PCI is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries (the main blood vessels supplying the heart). A short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, is inserted into the artery and left in place permanently to allow blood to flow more freely.