Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Heart surgery first for East Lancashire (UK)
"Heart surgery specialists have made history by performing the first life-saving angioplasty operations in East Lancashire. Consultant cardiologists Dr Ravi Singh, Dr John McDonald and Dr Kanarath Balachandran carried out the procedures in the Royal Blackburn Hospital’s existing cardiac catheter laboratory. Until now patients who needed the operation had to travel to either Blackpool or Manchester. But the experts used new equip-ment, which will be housed in a new £3million laboratory by May, so the technique can be carried out routinely in the region. Peter South, 67, from Barley, was the first to undergo the procedure"