North Wales patients who previously had to travel to England for treatment for certain cardiac conditions are now able to receive their treatment at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, thanks partly to a £550,000 legacy.
The generous gift, left in the will of the late Bob Livsey from Rhos-on-Sea, has been used to fund new state-of-the-art equipment for the Denbighshire hospital’s second ‘Cardiac Catheter Laboratory’ which opened in August this year.
On Wednesday (15th October) the trustees of the Livsey Trust, which was created through Bob Livsey’s will, joined Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Chairman Peter Higson and senior health professionals to unveil a plaque in the laboratory, in recognition of the Livseys’ extraordinary contribution to local cardiac patients.
John Griffiths, Bob and Flora’s nephew and Trustee of the Livsey Trust said:
“My Aunt and Uncle chose to leave this gift to benefit Cardiac Care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in appreciation of the excellent medical attention they both received over the later years of their lives.”
“My uncle Bob had to travel to England for treatment himself so we know that he would be very proud so see the impact his legacy has made.”
“I have an internal cardiac defibrillator myself, so I know how important it is for patients to be treated locally.”
The new facility has already seen a significant number of Welsh patients who would have been sent to Liverpool and Chester now receiving cardiac angiography and angioplasty treatment at (Ysbyty) Glan Clwyd hospital.
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Chairman Dr Peter Higson said:
“Patients will be able to receive better care here in North Wales for many years to come because of Bob and Flora’s gift. The Health Board are extremely grateful to the Livsey trust for helping us to greatly improve our patients’ experiences.”