Heart service treats first patient

Chris Large, of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, fitted with a heart stent at Calderdale Royal Hospital and went home next day.'Picture: From the left Staff nurse Michelle Ingham, Sister Andrea Gillespie, Chris and staff nurse Sheena Chapman.
Chris Large, of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, fitted with a heart stent at Calderdale Royal Hospital and went home next day.'Picture: From the left Staff nurse Michelle Ingham, Sister Andrea Gillespie, Chris and staff nurse Sheena Chapman.

A NEW heart service at Calderdale Royal Hospital has treated its first patient.

The proecedure – called percutaneous coronary intervention, or angioplasty – which fits a heart stent is now carried out at Calderdale, so patients do not have to travel to Leeds.

Chris Large, 58, from Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, was the first person to receive the new treatment and went home the next day.

He had been sufferering with chest pain and was taken to hospital where an angiogram spotted a narrowing of an artery.

Three days later he had the procedure to help widen the artery and increase blood flow to the heart. He said: “It was all very straightforward and not daunting.

“It only took about 20 minutes and all I felt was a slight tightening of my chest and the catheter being inserted into my wrist.”

Sister Andrea Gillespie, of the service, said: “We are really pleased with how our first day went – a great team effort.”