With state-of-the-art facilities, the centre will have 10 theatres, 10 catheter labs, 250 general cardiac beds and 58 critical care beds, and will perform more heart surgery, MRI and CT scans than any other centre in the world. It will be Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular centre, covering a population of three million people across north and east London, west Essex and beyond. It will also create the world’s biggest centre of excellence for adults with congenital heart disease.
As well as outpatients, emergency services will be provided 24/7 by expert multi-disciplinary teams. With larger pools of expert staff, more services can be provided for patients seven days a week and for more hours of the day, providing prompt access to treatment in all departments and helping reduce waits and cancellations. Patients will also be able to take part in a wider range of clinical trials, knowing they will be treated by teams working at the forefront of innovation. Clinicians estimate that over 1000 lives a year could be saved every year.
The centre is part of the wider cardiovascular services delivered by Barts Health. It will work with hospitals in the area to provide comprehensive care for patients and ensure that the majority of care is provided as close to home as possible.
The Barts Heart Centre forms part of the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network, facilitating research, development and collaboration across a wide group of healthcare providers and academic institutions.
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