The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Take Heart Cardiac Suite opens at Leeds General Infirmary

Tuesday 20th February 2018

A new cardiac suite has opened at Leeds General Infirmary, thanks to £500k of funding from local charity Take Heart.

The suite, based on ward L14, enables elective and day case cardiac patients to receive their treatment in a comfortable location.

It also includes a large waiting area with new furniture, lockers and a refreshment area, separate toilets and two consent rooms for patient confidentiality. The Take Heart Trustees were involved in its naming and interior design and attended the official opening last week.

Take Heart cardiac suite opening

Gina McGawley, Take Heart Chair said: “This is our biggest scheme to date with a focus on improving the patient experience and we are already finding that the area is less congested, calmer and patient flow has improved. I would like to thank all our supporters whose generosity has made this possible.”

The Take Heart charity has been operational since 1989 and in that time has raised nearly four million pounds to make a difference for patients, relatives and staff. The charity is run on a completely voluntary basis.

They have provided modern furniture and equipment to the Yorkshire Heart Centre and all bedside telephone calls are provided for free by the charity. They also fund accommodation for patient’s relatives so they can stay close by during hospital stays and improve the environment for staff. The Take Heart roof garden is another popular area developed in 2012 and provides patients, relatives and staff with a breath of fresh air.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “I would like to thank Take Heart and their generous supporters who have funded this fantastic new facility which is already making a real difference to our patients. Our thanks also go to our capital and corporate planning teams who designed and delivered this project.”