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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

New heart procedure begins at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Friday 3 March 2017

Team with patient Mike Cusack

Worcestershire patients suffering from heart rhythm problems are now able to undergo a life-changing procedure closer to home for the first time.

The procedure – called cardiac electrophysiology and ablation – was introduced at Worcestershire Royal Hospital this week. During the procedure, small wires called catheters are placed inside the heart to measure the heart's electrical activity, all via tiny holes at the top of the leg. When the source of the problem is found, the tissue causing the problem is destroyed to prevent abnormal rhythms from moving through the heart.

County patients suffering from arrhythmia previously underwent the procedure at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW). The exciting development - as a result of close working with UHCW- means Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) joins a small number of Trusts across the country that can carry out this work.

Dr Will Foster, consultant cardiologist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT), said: “This is a real triumph, both for patients - who will benefit from a service closer to home and shorter waiting times – and the Trust. We have been working in partnership with UHCW for the last five years and it is through this strong partnership working that we have been able to develop the service locally.

“The results of this procedure are fantastic – there is a very high chance that rhythm problems will be cured and patients should be home within just a few hours.”

Dr Faizel Osman, Consultant Cardiologist at UHCW, said: “Heart rhythm problems are very common and the majority are curable with this procedure so it’s great that local people have now got a service nearer to them. We are very proud of the relationship we have with WAHT and look forward to continued collaboration with them.”

Patient Mike Cusack from Droitwich was the first patient to undergo the procedure at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Tuesday.

“Prior to this procedure I was having continuous palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness and suffered from heavy limbs,” he said. “I was thrilled when I was asked if I wanted to undergo this procedure at Worcester as, for me, travelling to Coventry would have been very difficult. The staff in Worcester have been fantastic – it is done under local anaesthetic and I was in and out on the same day and I am already feeling better. I am looking forward to walking the dog!” he added.

It is hoped that around 100 patients a year will be treated at Worcestershire Royal Hospital initially, with the number increasing as the service develops.

Page last updated: 03 March 2017