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Last Updated: Friday, 7 May, 2004, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
New centre for cardiac patients
Nurse attending heart attack patient
Patients will be admitted from July
Building contractors have completed work on a state-of-the-art unit which will fight heart disease at Lincoln County Hospital.

The diagnosis and treatment centre will take its first patients at the beginning of July.

The facility, which cost more than 1.5m to create, will serve people from all over Lincolnshire.

Previously cardiac patients from the county had to travel to Nottingham or Leicester for specialist treatment.

The consultant who will run the unit, Dr Richard Andrews, said: "Heart disease still remains the nation's number one killer.

"This is part of a government-sponsored initiative to increase access to investigation for patients and to facilitate better treatment.

"So this is part of a national push to improve the standard of care for patients with heart disease."

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