Cardiac cath lab


Pictured above L-R: Dr Howard Why, Lead Consultant Cardiologist; Fabrice Muamba; Sarah Bricknell, Commercial Director, InHealth Limited; Davina Emmerson, representing the Thornley family and Helen Ashley, Chief Executive Officer, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

About our service 

A cardiac catherisation laboratory (cath lab) is an examination and treatment room which allows diagnostic and interventional procedures to be carried out on patients who experience chest pain caused by blockages in the arteries to the heart, or those who need a pacemaker to correct abnormal heart rhythms.

In February 2013, a £1.5million purpose-built cardiac unit was opened at Queen's Hospital by Mrs Davina Emmerson, representing the family of a local benefactor who left a bequest to help fund the new facility.

Former Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a heart attack on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter-final, was guest of honour.

The state of the art cardiac catherisation laboratory (cath lab) and chest pain unit means local patients can be treated for vital heart procedures on their doorstep, rather than travelling to larger centres such as Leicester.

The £700,000 legacy was left in memory of Mr Ernest Thornley, who was Secretary of Burton General Hospital in the 1920s to 1940s. The bequest was made by his daughter, Mrs Sandaver and was hugely influential in the development of the unit.

The facility also contains advanced heart scanners, exercise stress testing facilities and other diagnostic equipment.

The cath lab and clinic were developed in partnership with InHealth, a specialist company which has more than 20 years of experience of working with the NHS on such innovative projects.

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