New heart unit set to open to save lives

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A new £4.3million centre is to open to help save the lives of people suffering heart attacks.

The development of a second cardiac catheter laboratory has seen the current specialist unit at Lincoln County Hospital double in size and has also seen a significant increase in the number of specialist staff.

It means that the centre will be able to provide emergency and planned invasive cardiac procedures for patients from across the county 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Dr David O’Brien, consultant interventional cardiologist and clinical lead for the project, said: “Time is of the essence when an artery becomes blocked and for this reason patients ideally need to be in the heart centre within two hours of calling for help.”