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New Machine Set To Improve Heart Services In Barnsley

Friday April 5 2013

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CHILDREN in Barnsley are to benefit from improved outpatient heart services as Barnsley Hospital are set to unveil its new echocardiography machine.

The new piece of equipment - informally called an ‘echo’ machine - has cost £75,000 and is the first of its kind dedicated to the care of children at the hospital.

The machine will be used in the children’s outpatients department at the hospital, and will be used to diagnose heart conditions such as abnormal heart valves or congenital heart disease.

The machine allows doctors to watch the heart beating, and to see the heart valves and other structures of the heart in detail.

Denise Gibson, matron for children’s services, said: “The arrival of the new machine is fantastic news for our patients. It's made up of the very latest technology, and will allow us to diagnose heart problems quickly, efficiently and with a very high degree of accuracy.“

The trust’s medical director, Dr Jugnu Mahajan, will be unveiling the new machine along with consultant paediatric cardiologist Dr Dominic Hares, who will be carrying out his first clinic session on the machine.

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