Partnership will benefit cardiac patients

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Heart patients at Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital are to benefit from a multimillion-rand investment by private-and public-sector partners in equipping and setting up a new cardiology facility, reports [s]The Times[/s]. Medical technology company Medtronic is the principal partner in the venture, which enables Tygerberg’s division of cardiology to offer advanced treatments to more patients, more cheaply and often without admitting them to the wards. This will include radial angiography. The new service is expected to alleviate delays in scheduling angiography procedures, for which there is great demand. Tygerberg cardiologist Dr Hellmuth Weich said the facility is the only one of its kind in Africa that allows patients to be admitted, undergo angiography and be discharged on the same day. ‘It is safer … it is also cheaper, mainly because of the reduction of hospital stay from more than one day to same-day discharge.’ Stakeholders in the venture include Tygerberg Hospital andStellenbosch University and the non-profit organisation Sunheart, started by five cardiologists at the hospital, which is at the forefront of the new service.

Full report in The Times

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