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PATIENTS with an irregular heartbeat are benefiting from a new service at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

The new cardioversion service, which uses an electrical current to convert an abnormal heart rhythm to a normal one, started at the hospital in April.

Patients requiring cardioversion were previously admitted to the Coronary Care Unit as day case patients. But, because of pressure for acute beds, many patients experienced delays and had their procedures cancelled causing undue anxiety.

Cardiac assessment nurse Ed Chapman said: “The pre-assessment of patients allows appropriate physical and psychological preparation for the procedure day, improves efficiency on the day and reducing anxiety.”