New Consultant for Daisy Hill’s Cardiology Team
08/05/2014A new Consultant has joined the Southern Trust Cardiology team. Cardiologist, Dr Damian McCall, based at Daisy Hill Hospital joins the dedicated team of consultants, speciality doctors and specialist trained nurses who are providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient cardiology services.
The hospital has six acute inpatient coronary care beds on the fifth floor and mobile monitoring facilities for an additional eight patients with suspected cardiac conditions in other medical beds.
Patients are admitted to ‘Coronary Care’ both in the acute phase of illness and for treatments including cardioversion for irregular heart rates. The hospital also offers consultant- led outpatient clinics and a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic to which GPs can directly refer patients with a history of heart problems.
The dedicated Cardiac Investigation Department provides a range of diagnostic tests including electrocardiograms (ECGS), echocardiograms, remote telemonitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and exercise stress tests.
A Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse provides follow on care by helping patients to recover and rehabilitate following heart attacks when they have been discharged home.
In addition, the hospital’s Heart Failure Nurse works specifically with heart failure patients both on the wards and in their own homes to provide close support and regular review.
Dr Damian McCall obtained his medical degree and PhD from Queen’s University Belfast before completing higher specialist training in cardiology and general medicine through the Northern Ireland Medical Deanery. He says: “I am delighted to join the Southern Trust team and specifically the experienced team at Daisy Hill who have seen many advances in cardiology care over the years.
“Thanks to recent medical developments and improvements in the way we work as a regional cardiac service, patients no matter where they live in the Southern Trust or indeed throughout Northern Ireland have much better chance of a full recovery following a heart attack than several years ago.
“Whilst in Daisy Hill we have expanded the range of cardiac services we provide, we work closely with Craigavon Area and Royal Victoria hospitals to ensure that patients get the best possible care. Patients in Daisy Hill also benefit from our close working relationship with cardiology colleagues in Craigavon Hospital who have expertise in coronary stenting and pacemaker implantation. We are committed to ensuring that patients who attend Daisy Hill Hospital because of cardiac problems have access to state-of-the art, effective and holistic care delivered in a timely manner.”
Consultant Cardiologist Dr Damian McCall and Sister Michaela Kane.