Next phase of building our fifth Cath Lab starts

The next phase of our £15m programme to create a new Cath Lab and invest in new equipment for Radiology and Cardiology has started.

Cardiology used to share the labs with the Interventional Radiology team, who has now moved into the Norfolk Centre for Interventional Radiology.

The vacant space has been taken over by Cardiology and will see the creation of the brand new Cath Lab 5, with building work due to be completed next spring.

The Cath Lab is being fitted with the latest technology to provide a technical upgrade in terms of system capability and benefits to patients, as they require much less radiation to produce high quality images than our current equipment.

The new lab will provide additional capacity to Cardiology, reducing the time patients wait for procedures, and will help the team manage emergency procedures.

Cath Lab 5 will carry out pacemaker insertions as well as electrophysiology studies involving diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders.

Dr Richard Till, Consultant Electrophysiologist, said: “I am thrilled that the refurbishment of this suite is now under way. Once complete it will be a dedicated Electrophysiology/Pacing Lab.

“Electrophysiology is the assessment of the heart’s electrical system and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. This new lab will provide us with much-needed space for the service growth.”

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