Sheffield heart medics sharpen skills

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Heart disease experts from around the country gathered at a Sheffield hospital as part of a training course highlighting the latest developments in the field.

The two-day event at the Northern General Hospital provided training to medics working in catheterisation laboratories.

They carry out procedures where catheters are guided through patients’ arteries into the heart to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions.

These include the use of stents to open blocked arteries, repair holes in the heart or mend its electrical system.

Consultant interventional cardiologist Dr Ever Grech led the course, which was also organised by senior sisters Ann Matto and Eileen Quinn, and radiographer Jim Heppenstall.

Staff watched live demonstrations via video-link to the hospital’s South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Centre laboratories and spoke to the doctors performing the procedure.

There were also lectures, panel discussions, debates and workshops including hands-on practical tuition.

Dr Grech said: “A team of knowledgeable medical, nursing, radiology and cardiac physiology technical staff is vital to the success of the modern cath lab.”