THE award-winning Cardiac Assessment Unit at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex marked its tenth anniversary milestone this week with a celebration tea party for former and current staff who have been instrumental in its success.
A vital service to the people of Omagh and surrounding areas in treating people with cardiac conditions, the number of people attending the unit continues to grow year on year with over 5,000 patients treated in the last 12 months.
It is a unique specialised unit used to assess and treat patients with life threatening heart conditions.
The unit treats patients with chest pains, palpitations, heart attacks and collapse episodes with around 350-450 patients attending per month.
Hailing the service provided by the unit Dr Anne Kilgallen, Western Trust chief executive, said it has saved many lives over the years and received prestigious awards which is “testament to the high standard of care provided by its staff”.
She added, “It was shortlisted for the British Heart Foundation team of the year award 2018 and came runner up out of the UK. Staff Nurse
Flo Harper, who worked in the unit until her retirement, received an MBE for services to cardiac care within the unit.
“We are extremely proud of each and every member of the cardiac assessment team both past and present and wish the team every success for the future.”
Dr Paul McGlinchey, consultant cardiologist for the Western Trust put the success of the unit down to “the dedication, commitment and aspirations of all the staff to provide a high standard of care and treatment with a focus on safety and adherence to current guidelines on treating cardiac conditions”.
He said, “The 24 hour/seven days a week service allows prompt access to a specialist cardiology opinion. The expansion of the nursing role and expertise of staff enables many patients to return home safely without the need to attend the Emergency Department thereby reducing waiting times and pressures on acute hospitals.”