The new cardiac unit, relocated on the second floor of St Peter’s Hospital, has now been officially opened. The new ward is now known as Birch Acute Cardiac Unit, or BACU, after the Coronary Care Unit and Birch Ward joined as one and moved locations to be closer to the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories – so more efficient treatment can be provided.

A range of equipment has been provided to Birch Acute Cardiac Unit (BACU), donated by Heartbeat Support, who have had a key role in supporting patients in the ward, during rehabilitation and in the community, as well as supporting medical staff with equipment and facilities.

They recently raised funds for the newly implemented quiet area designed for patients and relatives to have some quiet time away from the ward, and have in addition, donated new crash trollies, exercise bikes and heart monitors, amongst other things.

Dr David Fluck, Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist said that the new location for The Coronary Care Unit and Birch Ward was a “fantastic improvement”. The care is now more efficient for both staff and patients. The new unit also delivers the potential to secure direct access for ambulance services.