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"Thank you for the care and attention shown to me during my stay in the Freeman, especially to Dr Bourke and his team and for the expert attention, kindness and professional care from all the nursing staff and the auxilliaries". Mr JE

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Cardiothoracic Services (Heart and Lung)

Ward 24 / 24a CCU Freeman Hospital

Contact: (0191) 213 7124 - Sisters Atkinson or Barker

Ward 24/24a is the Regional Cardiology Centre for the North East of England. We are a specialised Adult Coronary Care Unit which provides high dependency care for patients with all types of heart conditions, which cannot be managed in local hospitals.

You will come to this ward if you require any of the following treatments:

  • angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (balloon and stent treatment for narrowed or blocked coronary arteries)
  • insertion of heart devices such as defibrillators and pacemakers
  • procedures (including ablation, or RFA) for abnormal heart rhythms
  • management of heart failure

We also care for patients awaiting major cardiac surgery such as valve replacements and cardiac bypass grafts and some patients awaiting heart transplantation

Patients are referred to us from all the District General Hospitals in the Region. We take referrals from other areas of the country because of our considerable experience in specialised procedures that correct abnormal heart rhythms, and because of our heart transplant service.

We are pleased that we can consistently offer our patients a rapid service from the time they are referred to us to the time they get transferred and treated, which is the equal of any hospital in the UK.

How to find us

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Ward 24/24a is based at the Cardiothoracic Centre which is set to the right of the Freeman Hospital as you look at the front. To find us:

  • Come into the Cardiothoracic Centre and take a right turn round by the reception desk.
  • At the junction turn left and follow the corridor, past the Lung Function Department, until you reach the end where you will find Ward 24/24a on the left hand side.

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Staff you are likely to meet

Ward 24/24a has a team of nursing staff led by Sister Joanna Atkinson and Sister Elaine Barker. There is a large clinical team, led by Dr Ian Purcell as the Clinical Director, and we have other additional support staff to make the team complete including ward clerks and domestics. 

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