Frankie Dettori opens new state-of-the-art cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital
Newmarket’s Frankie Dettori, recently crowned the world’s best jockey has opened a new, state-of-the-art cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital, in his role as the hospital’s My WiSH Charity Every Heart Matters appeal ambassador.
The appeal, which Frankie launched last year, raised £500,000 and was instrumental in getting the unit, which health officials said would transform the heart healthcare they can provide for the community, up and running.
“Wow, what an amazing achievement,” said Frankie. “The local community really stepped up to show their support to ensure great new facilities in our local hospital. Well done and thank you to everyone for supporting the appeal. I’m so impressed by the new space; we’re a very lucky community to have it.”
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has invested £5.2 million in developing the centre, which can, for the first time, offer additional procedures like angiography and pacemakers to patients.
The new lower-ground floor unit brings together the cardiology ward, cardiac care unit and cardiac diagnostics unit. Previously each area was located in different parts of the hospital.
Angiograms once only available weekly through a mobile unit in the hospital’s car park can now be done in the unit, along with pacemaker procedures, five days a week, reducing waiting times and pressures on other centres.
Dr Pegah Salahshouri, cardiology consultant, said the new unit meant the hospital could now offer patients a fully-integrated cardiac service and much improved care.
“We can now provide a combination of elective and non-elective angiography and pacemaker surgery procedures to our local residents,” she said.
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