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Official Opening of CCU

Newsdate: 09 February 2012

WWL’s new state of the art Coronary Care Unit is to be officially opened on Valentine’s Day, by Dr. Nayyar Naqvi, the man who has made his vision a reality. The £1.4m unit has been helped along by the public of Wigan and beyond, with donations to the Heart Beat Appeal being collected over the last two years. The new build has significantly improved patient facilities, with the ward being larger, roomier and much lighter than the old unit. Cardiology staff in the new Coronary Care Unit at Wigan RAEI

As February is National Heart Month, and 14 February being Valentine’s Day, it is significant that the new CCU is officially opened during this month. Guests will include local MPs Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue, the Mayor of Wigan Councillor Joy Birch, as well as members of the public who have all contributed to the Heart Beat Appeal.

Carolyn Dereszkiewicz, Matron of Cardiology Services, said, “The new Coronary Care Unit has provided patients, relatives and staff with a fantastic environment to deliver care in surroundings that not only has the very latest technology that Cardiology can provide, but a unit that is also modern, progressive and user friendly. Staff have a dedicated rest area and relatives are now able to enjoy a new waiting area. The feedback from all has been totally positive and it is very rewarding to know that with both the Trust support and the generous donations of the public of Wigan and Leigh to the Heart Beat fund, a vision and dream of Dr. Naqvi and mine has come true.”

Ian Bradley, Head of Capital and Property Services, added, “The new Coronary Care Unit now provides much needed modernised facilities with increased bed capacity and the addition of a second Catheter Laboratory and associated Treatment Rooms, as well as support facilities for both staff and patients. The new reconfigured layout has significantly improved the work flow and overall environment previously experienced by patients and visitors to the unit. The financial investment into the refurbished and extended accommodation was completed in January 2011 at a cost of £1.4 million.”