‘Truly first class’ Lister heart centre officially opens

A new �4.5m cardiology centre at Lister Hospital, described as already providing a first class service, was officially opened on Friday.

Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes joined Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to unveil a plaque at the new development. Ms Rhodes has been a long-standing supporter of the hospital, raising thousands of pounds for new equipment.

The Hertfordshire Cardiology Centre, part of a �150m redevelopment of the Stevenage site, began treating patients in November and provides more capacity for and a greater range of emergency and planned cardiac services.

Nick Carver, East and North Herts NHS Trust chief executive, said it has already proven to provide a “truly first class” cardiac service to patients.

“This important project underlines the trust’s ambition to improve even further specialist inpatient and emergency care for local people,” he said.

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“It is also a great example of the improvements in the quality of treatments that our staff can provide to their patients when such specialist services are brought together on to a single site.”

The centre operates from 8.30am to 5pm, but the trust’s long-term goal is to provide 24 hour care. Outside the current hours patients are taken to Papworth or Harefield hospitals.

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