News tagged Cardio

Tees hospital trust now at forefront of UK robotic surgery

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of only three NHS trusts in the country to have three of its own surgical robots – and now has the potential to become a national centre of excellence. Surgical teams at The James Cook University Hospital now have three da Vinci robots which means more patients than ever before can benefit from minimally invasive surgery.

Lung cancer nurses hit the road

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Specialist lung cancer nurses are hitting the road to minimise the amount of time patients have to spend in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. The specialist Macmillan thoracic nurses, who care for patients following lung cancer surgery, are travelling to patients’ homes after their operations to provide medical care and social, emotional and psychological support.

Heart team aim to set up heart surgery unit in Ghana

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A Teesside heart team are giving up their holidays to perform life-saving operations in Ghana for a second time. The team from The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are set to jet off on their second mission to the Kumasi Hospital on 19 October. As part of the preparations 10 Ghanaians, including cardiologists, nurses and a surgeon, have spent four weeks in the cardiothoracic theatres at James Cook working closely with the Teesside team to develop their surgical skills.

Heart unit named as international flagship site

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The James Cook University Hospital has been named as an international flagship site for a specialist heart procedure which replaces narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure that provides an alternative to open heart surgery for higher risk patients. The Middlesbrough team is one of only two in the country – and one of only a handful in Europe – to be awarded Benchmark status by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver.

Ghana mission is a huge success

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A UK team, led by consultants from the heart and lung surgery team at The James Cook University Hospital, gave up their holidays to take part in a life-saving mission to Ghana. Surgeons, cardiologists, intensive care practitioners, anaesthetists and a heart bypass technician were among those who spent a week at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from 23 February to 1 March.

National recognition for outstanding contribution to patient care

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The cardiac rhythm management service at the Friarage Hospital has been named Team of the Year at the Arrhythmia Alliance Excellence in Practice Awards. Presented at the annual four day Heart Rhythm Congress in Birmingham, the award recognises the service developments that have taken place within cardiac rhythm management at the Friarage over the last five years.

Tiny valve improves lung function

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It was a collapsed lung that finally forced Pat Maloney to quit smoking after 50 years. Little did she know, it would also lead to her becoming the first patient at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to benefit from a new valve treatment to improve lung function.

Heart team implant 10,000th pacemaker

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The heart unit at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating reaching a special milestone after implanting its 10,000th pacemaker. The heart team at James Cook fitted their first pacemaker back in 1993 and now implant around 800 of the devices every year in the hospital’s cardiac catheterisation labs.