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Wexham Integrated Cardiology Conference

A-level students rubbed shoulders with hospital doctors, nurses and paramedics at the third Wexham Integrated Cardiology Conference at Wexham Park Hospital earlier this month.

Record numbers of health professionals signed up to the event including consultants, local GPs, nurses, paramedics, trainee doctors and, for the first time, sixth form students from St John’s Beaumont School in Old Windsor and Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood.

In all, over 150 people attended - the largest audience since the inaugural event in 2015.

The two-day conference held on 2 and 3 May was designed to follow the patient’s journey through the investigation and treatment of cardiac conditions, including heart attacks.

On the second day, sessions were dedicated to the role of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, to highlight the importance of community based care and engagement of patients and the public in healthcare planning.

Dr Omar Ali, consultant cardiologist at Wexham Park Hospital and conference director said: “We structured the whole event around several themes covering all aspects of cardiology conditions, and broadcast live cases from the hospital’s cardiology department showing patients’ assessment and treatment. This in particular was immensely popular with our audience.”

It was the third year that Dr Ali, along with department lead and co-director Dr Mohammed Al-Obaidi and the entire cardiology team at Wexham Park, staged and supported the conference. And it has gone from strength to strength, gaining in popularity each year.

Dr Ali added: “The conference has now become an important educational forum for primary and secondary care providers and I hope it will continue to grow and develop still further in the coming years.”