Surgeons are to pioneer the use of a cutting-edge development in cardiac care.


The Royal Victoria Hospital has been chosen as a centre to implant the latest version of the underskin defibrillator.

Dr Ernest Lau, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Belfast Trust, said: "This latest generation of S-ICDs allows patients to undergo MRI scans and receive therapies appropriate for their needs based on accurate detection of their heart rhythms. These technical advances can also be downloaded onto S-ICDs already implanted into patients, which marks another milestone in healthcare technologies' march into the digital age.

It marks the latest chapter in the hospital's long association with defibrillation technology - the first portable defibrillator was invented by Royal surgeon professor Frank Pantridge.