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Expert heart surgeons to deliver new clinics in Barrow

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Expert heart surgeons to deliver new clinics in Barrow

Posted on Monday 1st October 2012
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GPs working with specialist surgeons and doctors at Furness General Hospital have secured new specialist heart clinics in Barrow.

A specialist cardiothoracic surgeon from the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in Blackpool from later this month be working with cardiac consultants at Furness General Hospital to offer 2 specialist clinics for patients in Barrow.

This will mean that patients who have been diagnosed with complex heart problem can see a surgeon nearer to where they live for assessment. Usually patients would have to travel further to another hospital a number of times for assessments prior to an operation.

Specialist heart treatment for patients across South Cumbria including Furness is usually delivered at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre. Alongside this less complex heart treatments continue to be treated locally at Furness General Hospital which is operated by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

By offering these clinics locally it's also hoped that local cardiac consultants will also benefit from shared learning and closer links with the Lancashire centre.

It's also hoped that the added input from the cardiothoracic surgeon will help lung cancer patients, by having expert advice on hand to help identify patients with more advanced lung cancer who could benefit from an operation.

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has helped facilitate this shared working arrangement at the request of local GPs and patients.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe is the lead commissioning GP in Furness for Cumbria CCG. He said: "This joint working is an excellent of example of what we can achieve when clinicians all work together.

"By allowing clinicians and patients to receive advice from a range of specialists working together, hopefully we will not just improve things for patients requiring specialist heart treatment, but also help more patients with advanced lung cancer. This is by enabling more specialist assessment for surgery which will increase their chances of longer term survival."

Dr Andrew Higham, Clinical Director, Non Elective Medicine, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Barrow and the surrounding areas. Being able to access specialist services closer to home will mean less travelling, and ultimately, less stress for patients.

“We are extremely pleased that working collaboratively with our primary care and network colleagues has led to such a positive result for our patients.”

Mr Nidal Bittar, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, said: "The Lancashire Cardiac Centre (LCC) is one of the largest 10 cardiothoracic centres in the country.

“We provide all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery, we are one of few centres in the country which provides minimal invasive surgery for mitral and aortic valve disease, Mid-CAB surgery for coronary disease, Ascending aortic, arch surgery and VATS lobectomy for lung cancer patients. Our surgical results are excellent and above the national average.

“Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, was awarded Heart Town status in 2011. Over the last few months we have discussed various aspects of improving patient care in the area and this clinic is one of the many features that has evolved out of our deliberations to increase heart and lung health awareness and provide better care by cutting down on the waiting time and also reduce the time to travel to see specialist for our patients."

Posted on Monday 1st October 2012


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