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Dorset Patients to Benefit from New Heart Equipment at Hospital

Dr Jared Iqbal

9:20am 21st September 2012

Cardiologists at Dorset Country Hospital are the first in the UK to get their hands on brand new heart equipment thanks to a lavish donation.

The Dorchester based Dorset Health Trust charity funded the £70,000 Optical Frequency Domain Imaging System (OFDI) for the hospital's Dorset County Cardiac Centre.

It uses infrared light to look inside patients' heart arteries, allowing doctors to have incredible detail and helping to diagnose fatty build-up, blood clots and problems with cornary stents.

Dr Fraser Witherow, consultant cardiologist at Dorset County Hospital, explains to Wessex Fm: "With this machine we can much more accurately diagnose problems in patients heart arteries and more accurate tailoring of the therapy to the patients problems."

The brand new machine is the first of its kind in the UK and one of the first in the world.

Dr Peter Downs, Chairman of the Dorset Health Trust, told Wessex FM: "In government policy, individual specialities are being carefully looked at, some are being concentrated in different cities so certain facilities from here might now be going to Sailsbury.
"So by giving equipment to a particular department here in this hospital in Dorchester we strengthen the hand in that department in its bid to stay in business here and not be moved."

The Dorset County Cardiac Centre was officially opened by Prince Edward in 2007 and performs more than 500 conary stenting procedures a year.

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