Pacemaker service is popular

Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton

Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton

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Hospital patients have seen waiting times cut following developments in the pacemaker implantation service.

Three years ago the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched the service in its cardiac investigations department.

Since then, more than 750 patients have had their pacemaker fitted at Peterborough City Hospital instead of travelling to Papworth Hospital.

The procedure takes just 45 minutes to complete under local anaesthetic and some patients can arrive in the Emergency Department before soon after receiving their pacemaker implantation.

Previously, some patients would have had up to 10 days in hospital before being transferred to Papworth Hospital for the procedure.

The Trust has now ‘inherited’ 1,000 patients from Papworth Hospital who live in Peterborough, Stamford and the surrounding areas.

Dr Brian Gordon, consultant cardiologist, said: “We can offer most patients their procedure within 24-48 hours of an emergency admission. Very few units across the country are able to provide a similar acute service at present and as a result our implant numbers are increasing year on year.”