New equipment helps improve cardiac care at Leeds General Infirmary

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A new machine will improve care for heart attack patients at Leeds General Infirmary.

The portable echo machine will mean that patients do not have to leave their bed for an ultrasound scan.

It also gives instant results for doctors so they can begin treatment straight away.

The £25,000 equipment was purchased for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust thanks to the charity of former hospital consultant cardiologist Dr John Perrins.

Dr Perrins worked for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for nearly thirty years.

He ran the Leeds General Infirmary Cardiac Research Trust, a charity that took bequests to improve care for patients on the cardiac wards.

Now he has retired, the funds have been transferred to Take Heart Charity, making the purchase of the valuable equipment possible.

Dr John Perrins said: “Donations like this can make the difference between good and very good in a hospital. I am delighted that Take Heart will continue their good work in association with Leeds General Infirmary Cardiac Research Trust.”

Dr Wazir Baig, consultant cardiologist, said: “Virtually every patient admitted to the cardiac wards needs an ultrasound scan. I know this equipment will really improve patient care and we are very grateful to the Take Heart Charity for their continuing support.”

Colin Pullan MBE, chairman of Take Heart Charity, added: “This equipment will be of huge additional benefit to the gold standard of care that heart attack patients receive on Jubilee Wing. We’d like to thank Dr Perrins for enabling us to purchase this fantastic equipment.”