The pacemaker implantation service at Peterborough City Hospital has successfully treated its 1,000th patient.
The service was launched in 2011 by the Cardiac Investigations team, enabling patients to benefit from a more local service for implantation and follow-up appointments, rather than having to travel additional miles to Papworth Hospital.
The patient who received the 1,000th device to regulate his heartbeat was 91-year-old Douglas Steel of the Deepings, near Peterborough, whose heart problem was discovered by chance by his daughter testing out a new app on her mobile phone.
Mr Steel said: “I had been feeling very weak and tired a lot of the time and had put it down to my age, but when my daughter used her phone to check my heartbeat we found it was very slow.
“As my daughter is a doctor, she knew that it was much slower than it should be, so I consulted my GP at The Deepings Practice who was very quick to refer me to the hospital.”
Mr Steel was cared for by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Brian Gordon and his team, who carried out tests that revealed the problem could be addressed by inserting a pacemaker device into Mr Steel’s chest to ensure his heart beats at a normal rate.
Dr Gordon said: “I am very pleased to report that Mr Steel has responded well to his pacemaker implantation.
“This procedure was carried out as a day case and we were able to get Mr Steel treated as an outpatient within a week of being referred to us. We can also offer most patients their procedure within 24-48 hours of an emergency admission.
“Our implant numbers are increasing year on year and we have had excellent feedback from patients on their experience of the service.”
Mr Steel added: “I don’t even know the pacemaker is there. I am now able to do more around the house without tiring so easily. I would like to thank all those who have been involved in my care, from my GP, Dr Thomas, to the staff in the hospital for excellent care.”