The Charity of the Yorkshire Heart Centre
20th Anniversary Celebrations 8th September 2014
Sponsored by Take Heart and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund
It was fitting to mark the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds General Infirmary in the beautiful old building in Great George Street. This was a celebration to which surgeons, consultants, matrons and sisters from the current and ‘old’ organisation, patients who have undergone surgery during this time and those associated with the inauguration of this superb organisation were invited. On display were photographs and momentos of times gone by together with brand new high-tech equipment used in surgical heart operations. Julian Hartley, Chief Executive Officer of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust gave a talk outlining the achievements of the Heart Centre since its inception citing the fact that they have performed more than 25,000 heart surgery operations, more than 100,000 cardiology interventional catheter procedures and more than 1,100 Transcatheter aortic valve implantation(TAVI) procedures. YHC is the biggest provider in the country for this service. He paid tribute to the wonderful staff who always put patients first. Julian then introduced a multitude of fascinating speakers who reminisced about the history of developments in Heart surgical treatment including Philip Kay, retired Acquired Congenital Cardiac Surgeon, Kevin Watterson, retired Congenital Cardiac Surgeon, Jim McLenachan, Clinical Director Cardio-Respiratory Clinical Service Unit, Gina McGawley, General Manager Cardio-Respiratory Clinical Service Unit and Take Heart Chairman. Sara Matley, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund Trustee, Betsy Evans, Clinical Lead Acquired Cardiac Surgery and many more. The event was marked with a live BBC feed to the evening news bulletin and to Leeds TV Channel. The photographs show some of the celebrations - click on a photo to enlarge Bill Stevenson Trustee
Last photograph courtesy of Leeds Hospital Trust