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We are a teaching hospital – Nurse led cardiology service brings benefits to patients

Posted: 13 April 2022

Picture of the cardiac catheter lab
Thanks to specialist training by our cardiology team, catheter laboratory nurses now fit devices that diagnose heart rhythm problems.

Four of our nurses have been trained since the programme started in 2017. The option of nurses performing this procedure has had a positive impact on waiting times for patients and resulted in extra capacity for our consultant cardiologists.

β€œIt has proven to be safe, efficient and cost-effective for this cardiology service to be delivered by our specialist nurses,” said lead consultant cardiologist and heart rhythm specialist, Dr Michael Koa-Wing.

An implantable loop recorder (ILR) monitors heart rate and rhythm continuously and stores readings. These are transmitted digitally with no need for the patient to return to hospital. Our cardiology team review the monitoring data and identify any cardiac issues, resulting in a quicker diagnosis.

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  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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