HEART patients across the South Wales Valleys are receiving improved care and treatment following the installation of state-of-the-art equipment to a newly refurbished Cardiac Catheter Lab at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The lab, which performs coronary angiography as well as pacemaker insertions, has recently re-opened after undergoing a ten-week refurbishment to upgrade the almost decade-old equipment.

The team now are now benefitting from the use of brand new equipment, including a Phillips X-Ray system, which provides increased image quality to allow more complex and time consuming procedures.

For some patients, this will mean being able to receive treatment at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, rather than being transferred to Cardiff, which had previously been the case.

The new equipment will also provide further benefits to staff and patients by reducing radiation doses.

Richard Stephens-Davies, Manager of the Cardiac Catheter Lab, said: “This new equipment will help us to future proof services for the population. We are able to do more things, such as more complex pacemaker implants, which would have previously had to be done in Cardiff, so it’s more convenient for our patients. The team here can now diagnose, treat and follow-up with these patients. This new equipment is making our services more efficient.”

During the refurbishment, the team worked hard to make sure patients continued to receive timely treatment. They were provided with a temporary mobile Cardiac Catheter Lab, where they successfully treated 101 patients during that time.

Joanne Sewell, Radiology Superintendent, said: “The new lab has allowed us to carry out more complex procedures with greater efficiency. It’s also greatly reduced radiation doses for patients and staff, which is a key thing for us. It’s great to have such a new facility which can serve the Cwm Taf population.

 

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