A new dedicated Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) has opened in Mayo University Hospital as cardiology outpatient appointments and clinics gradually resume in the hospital.

The unit, which was developed as part of the hospitals COVID-19 planning, has resulted in an increase of 12 monitored specialist cardiology beds.

Four of the beds are in the CCU and with newly installed telemetry technology, a further 8 beds are based in other medical wards in the hospital where patients will have their cardiac monitoring carried out remotely.

These developments have increased the level of monitored bed capacity in MUH by 150%.

To date 90 patients have been admitted to this new unit and have received this specialised critical care service and have had access to prompt cardiac investigative tests and treatment.

The new CCU means patients won’t have to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for complex infusions maintaining ICU capacity for critically ill patients.

This service is run in partnership with University Hospital Galway and there will be recruitment at Mayo University Hospital for more coronary care nurses to support this service.

Commenting, Consultant in Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr Fionnuala Lavin said, “This dedicated cardiac care space and additional capacity to monitor cardiac patients allows us to provide the highest level of care to our cardiac patients.

Catherine Donohoe, Hospital Manager Mayo University Hospital added, “It will result in higher quality patient-centred care and standardised management for all cardiac patients presenting to MUH. I am really proud of the efforts staff have made from all departments in making this a success”.

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