KGH has opened a third
catheter laboratory inside its state-of-art the Cardiac Centre to further
improve life saving services for local people.
The move will enable the hospital to speed up treatment processes to
benefit both emergency and routine patients as part of the hospital’s role as
lead organisation in Northamptonshire for emergency cardiac interventions.
KGH became Northamptonshire’s hub for 24/7 cardiac care – particularly
for people who have had a heart attack – in October 2010.
Since then the hospital has seen and treated some 700 patients with
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention where a small frame called a stent is used
to keep a blocked artery open.
It has also performed 5,800 other routine
cardiac procedures such as angiograms, angioplasty, permanent pacemakers and
consultant cardiologist, Dr Javed Ehtisham, said: “The third lab is a
significant extension to cardiac services at Kettering General Hospital and it
will help us to improve the quality of care for the increasing number of people
who need cardiac procedures to save – or enhance – their lives.
ways of identifying patients with cardiac problems has resulted in increased
demand for services of this kind which is why we need to expand the service at
will also help us to speed up care for both emergency and non-emergency
patients resulting in a safer and better quality experience.”
The first patient to use
the new state-of-the-art third catheter laboratory was Alan McClintock, 56,
Mr McClintock had a heart
attack in 2007 - shortly before KGH opened its £4.7m Cardiac Centre - and so he
has witnessed the development of the hospital’s facilities first hand from a
patient’s point of view.
Mr McClintock, who is
married to Marilyn, has a son Jamie, 26, and an 21-month-old grandson, Kenzie,
said: “When I had a heart attack five years ago Kettering General didn’t do
cardiac stents so I had to go to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
“Recently I had been
suffering from chest pain so on July 4 I had an angiogram at the new laboratory
that has just opened inside the Cardiac Centre to see what was happening inside
“The service was absolutely
brilliant. I saw the doctor within 15
minutes and was in the theatre half an hour later. It is very fast and
efficient and there is someone with you all the time so you know exactly what is
happening. I was very impressed - it was very new and high-tech and I was very
well looked after.”
The good news for Mr
McClintock is his angiogram procedure (where dye and an x-ray are used to give
a view of the heart at work) showed that his stents and heart valves were
operating normally. Further tests showed his chest pains were the result of a
chest infection for which he was treated with antibiotics.
Cardiac Services Manager Maxine White
said: “The new lab means that we can increase our daily inpatient sessions so
that we can give people quicker diagnosis of their problems and enable them,
where appropriate, to have their procedure and go home earlier.”