NEW: The Bart's Heart Centre
THE BARTS Heart Centre, one of Europe's largest specialist cardiovascular complexes, is now treating more than 200 patients a day under one roof for the first time.
Some 18 months after opening its doors at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, the flagship facility run by Barts Health NHS Trust has finally brought all its 1,100 staff and equipment together in one state-of the-art building.
The centre now houses 9 cardiovascular operating theatres, 10 catheter laboratories, 200 general cardiac beds, 58 critical care beds in the prestigious King George V wing. Previously some cardiovascular wards were housed on older buildings around the site while construction work was finalised.
The centre was created by bringing together teams from both Barts Health and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is now treating 31 per cent more emergency heart attack patients per year than under the previous split-site arrangements. The hospital is also responding to heart attacks quicker than before, with an average of 98 per cent of patients receiving treatment within the national standard this year against a target of 85 per cent.
The centre has seen a 21 per cent increase in patient referrals or people being transferred from other hospitals over the past 12 months compared to the combined totals of trusts under the previous arrangements.
The new clinical model of care could save over 1,000 lives a year by giving patients world-class care at every stage – from prevention and diagnosis, through to treatment and beyond.
Charles Knight, managing director of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, said: “With these final moves our Barts Heart Centre is now complete, having created a truly integrated, world-class cardiovascular centre in the heart of our city. We are hopeful that these world-class facilities will help tackle London’s high rates of early deaths from heart disease, while helping to train the heart doctors and nurses of the future.
“I am so proud of all our wonderful staff that have achieved the moves on schedule with great efficiency while still providing exemplary patient care.”