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Pain relief

Pain relief is used to help patients feel more comfortable. Pain relief is given into veins in measured doses by pumps. These are often used with sedatives.

Sedatives

Sedatives are used to keep a patient in a deep sleep or, in smaller doses, to keep a conscious patient calm. This can help patients cope with the tubes and equipment attached to them. These are also given through pumps.

Inotropes - drugs to help the heart work more effectively

To deal with the effects of the heart not functioning properly, we use a group of drugs called inotropes to help the heart work more effectively.

CTC patients and visitors

Patients and visitors sectionWhether you are coming to The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) as a patient, or if you are visiting a relative or friend, you will find the facilities are among the best of any NHS hospital.
  

 

CTC research

ReseachThe Essex Cardiothoracic Centre is a driver of cardiovascular and thoracic research across the region, and is developing as an internationally recognised research unit.

The Brook Suite, Nash Basildon

About the Essex Cardiothoracic CentreOur Brook Suite offers private patients access to the full range of heart, lung and respiratory treatments. Call 01268 394217 for more details.

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Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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