12th June 2012 – Facelift for cardiac laboratory
A refurbished cardiac catheter laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment has just opened to the delight of staff and patients.
Changes to the internal architecture of the lab carried out as part of the latest refurbishment which was completed at the end of last month (May) will ensure greater privacy and dignity for patients. The refurbishment took six weeks to complete.
The improvements include a better patient waiting area and toilet facilities. They also includes a new state-of-the-art x-ray tube which is safer for both the public and staff as it uses flat plate technology to reduce x-ray dosage. New equipment to measure blood pressure and for ECG monitoring has also been installed.
The original lab opened in January 1993 using money donated to the Rainbow Appeal by local people of Keighley and Skipton. In 2002, it had a major overhaul using money from the New Opportunities Fund, part of the National Lottery.
Procedures carried out in the lab include coronary angiograms (a test that uses an injection of a liquid dye to make the arteries easily visible on xrays) done both as day cases and emergencies; the insertion of cardiac pacemakers and the replacement of pacemakers at the end of their battery life.
We also insert bi-ventricular pacemakers – devices used to treat people with heart failure – and implantable cardioverter-defribillator (ICD) – used to help patients who are at risk of certain life-threatening heart rhythm problems.
Trans-oesophagael echocardiography – a procedure which involves taking detailed pictures of the heart from the oesophagus which lies behind the heart – is also carried out.
Paul Cobbold, cardiology manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We needed to replace out equipment to make sure our images were as clear as possible to help diagnose people who have coronary artery disease correctly.