Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) have recently provided financial support to open a new hybrid children’s heart theatre for the Congenital Heart Unit in Leeds, after meeting their fundraising target of £500,000. The theatre means that procedures can be performed much more efficiently and it provides a comfortable and fun environment for children.
On Tuesday 26 March 2019, leading cardiologist Dr Jamie Bentham, Paediatric Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, met with those who have helped fund the theatre through charity work, revealing that without the help of the funders the project would not have been possible. Dr Bentham helped to pioneer a procedure involving coronary stents. A stent prevents the obstruction of blood flow, which could be potentially fatal to a newborn. It has been proven safer than heart surgery and has now become a preferred method. The new hybrid theatre will allow the team at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit to perform these types of procedures in a better environment for themselves as well as for patients. CHSF highlight that procedures that will be carried out in the theatre include:
- Diagnostic: Aimed at understanding heart problems
- Interventional: Aimed at treating heart problems through a key hole procedure
- Electrophysiology: Aimed at treating and understanding the heart’s rhythm
The theatre has multiple screens and soothing lights, as well as a sound system to play music and help the children relax, providing the best experience possible at what can be one of the most difficult times.
Switalskis are proud to have been a long term supporter and charity partner of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, and to have been able to contribute towards such a vital development in the saving of young children’s lives. Like Switalskis, the theatre is regional. It could not have been built without the help of the community.