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Trust celebrates new home for cardiology service

Posted: 20 April 2017
20 April 2017, Kate Ewer, Communications and Engagement Manager

The West Herts Cardiac Centre was officially opened on Tuesday 18 April by Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and cardiac patient Reginald Resnick, who has a new lease of life thanks to our care.

Picture of Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, Clinical lead for cardiology Nearchos Hadjiloizou, patient cardiology Reginald Resnick and his wifeThe centre provides a dedicated clinical space for the trust’s cardiology team bringing the majority of the service into one building and tripling the amount of space for the team to work in. The service now occupies all three floors of the centre and is able to work cohesively in enhanced surroundings to treat the 600 patients a week who come through the door.

Clinical lead for cardiology Nearchos Hadjiloizou greeted Mayor Dorothy Thornhill at the opening. He said: “It’s a great day for us as we officially mark the opening of the West Herts Cardiac Centre. Not only are we improving how we deliver our service but our patients are benefitting from enhanced care on site thanks to the arrival of state-of-the-art cardiac scanning equipment which we used for the first time today.”

The mayor said: "I’m delighted to be here today to officially open the centre. It’s time to celebrate the great things happening at West Herts and the improvements being made all around. This pioneering service will make a huge difference to residents across South West Herts. It’s really good news for Watford, and I am looking forward to seeing more progress at Watford General over the coming years as the trust’s improvement plans come together."

Cardiac patient Reginald Resnick, aged 74, who cut the ribbon, said: "There was a time when I thought I couldn’t see the light but thanks to the wonderful care I’ve received from West Herts NHS Trust, I’m here to tell the tale. At one stage I couldn’t even walk up the stairs. Now I’ve been fitted with a defibrillator, I feel like the ‘six million dollar man’. I’m back at the gym and running up and down the stairs again."

Cardiology moved into the West Herts Cardiac Centre towards the end of last year having outgrown its previous home in the Princess Michael of Kent building. Outpatient clinics for chest pain, arrhythmia, and heart failure are run by specialist nurses on the ground floor of the centre, while elective diagnostics, echocardiology and pacemaker clinics are based on the middle floor. Consultants and secretaries now have a separate administrative space away from clinical areas.

The service has more than doubled the number of its specialist nurses and increased the number of consultants. As a result, waiting times are decreasing and the service has improved its referral to treatment target from 70% to 93%.

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  1. For more information, please contact Name, title in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.