The money, which has come from the Welsh Government’s All-Wales Capital Programme, will support the establishment of a second Catheter Laboratory in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in North Wales. This will enable significant cardiac activity to be repatriated to the area.
A cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the treatment of some heart and chest conditions. The current catheter laboratory is located at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Patients who access acute care at Wrexham Maelor Hospital are currently treated at the Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital (LHCH), while those who require diagnostic angiography at the Wrexham Maelor are referred to the Countess of Chester Hospital (CoCH).
It will also deliver a number of key investment benefits, including the repatriation of over 700 cases from the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and the Countess of Chester Hospital combined.
This will result in a saving of £550,000 per annum to the health board, and has the added advantage of reducing ambulance travel times, while keeping the transport vehicles in Wales.The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths said:
Dr Olwen E Williams, Chief of Staff Primary Community and Specialist Medicine Clinical Programme Group said:
“The development of a second cath lab in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd will mean a more resilient cardiac service.
“It also means patients in North Wales will be able to have a 24/7 service closer to home.”
Dr Richard Cowell, Cardiac Network Lead Cardiologist said:
“We are delighted with the investment in Cardiac Services for BCUHB. Not only will this new development allow us to have a second state-of-the-art facility at Glan Clwyd Hospital, which will enhance the services already provided. It will also be an incentive to attract doctors to train and take up consultant posts in BCU.”
“A second catheter laboratory is a very exciting development for cardiac services in North Wales.
“We will have the capacity to perform all cardiac angiography and angioplasty locally which will be more convenient for patients and relatives and will result in significant cost savings.
“Having two catheter labs on one site will provide the resilience required for the immediate treatment of heart attack patients with primary angioplasty. The central location of the lab will enable this treatment to be available in a timely manner to all North Wales residents.
“The lab will also be used to implant defibrillators and complex pacemakers further enhancing our independence from English tertiary centre providers."