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New Wigan MP visits local hospital and supports the Heart Beat Appeal

Newsdate: 25th August 2010

The new Labour MP for Wigan, Lisa Nandy visited the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site on Tuesday morning, 24th August 2010. 

Lisa was given a guided tour of South Ward, housed in one of the Victorian parts of the hospital, and in contrast was then shown the newer builds such as Radiology, Rainbow Ward, the Trust’s Children’s Ward and then visited departments on the Emergency Floor.

Trust Staff with Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan

Lisa was also shown around the Cardiology Department including the state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheter Laboratory.  Lisa was given a brief glimpse of the soon to be constructed Coronary Care Department, which is being partly funded by Dr. Naqvi’s Heart Beat Appeal which in conjunction with a £1.5million investment by the Trust, aims to further improve and enhance cardiology services for the public of Wigan and beyond.

Dr. Nayar Naqvi, Consultant Cardiologist, said, “It was a great pleasure and an honour for me to meet Lisa. We are grateful to her for having taken the trouble to visit our Cardiology Department and the developing new Coronary Care Unit. All members of the Cardiology Department are absolutely delighted that she too is supporting our Heartbeat Appeal”.

Carolyn Deresckiewicz, Matron of Cardiology Services, said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity to meet Lisa and introduce her to the current services that the Cardiology team provides to the patients of Wigan and Leigh, and also provide a progress update of the building of the new CCU, informing her of our Heart Beat Appeal to raise funds to equip the new building”.

Lisa said: “It was great to tour the Hospital today and get to know those involved in delivering these vital services. Hopefully today is just the beginning we didn’t have time to take everything in, but I will help and support our Hospital in any way I can”.

Lisa was accompanied by Andrew Foster, Chief Executive and Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing and Performance, Les Higgins, Chairman and Tom Frost, Lead Governor.