A brand new cardiac care unit at Princess of Wales Hospital will improve patient experience and reduce patient waiting times.
Opened by health minister Edwina Hart, the 31-bed unit houses a full range of cardiac services for inpatients and outpatients in one location.
After seeing a consultant, patients will be reviewed on the same day instead of having to make an appointment at a clinic. The unit will also help to speed up diagnosis and testing, particularly for patients who are transferred from the emergency department.
Dr Jonathon Goodfellow, consultant cardiologist, said: “The new facility has been designed with a great deal of thought to improving the experience for our patients.
“The patients in this unit will have direct access to all the department has to offer. The process will be leaner and will eliminate the need for transportation and portering support. It will maximise efficiency and eliminate time waste and that’s better for everyone.”
Opening the unit Edwina Hart said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to see firsthand how this unit will improve the care and treatment of cardiac patients in this area.
“The new facilities at the Princess of Wales Hospital are a great step forward in achieving this improvement. It builds on an already well established cardiac care centre, providing further improved services to patients.”