Heart specialist scoops national Heart Hero Award

Liana Shirley was named ‘Healthcare Hero’ of the year at this year’s British Heart Foundation’s Heart Hero Awards.

Liana, who joined the Health Board in 1998 and then moved to be community based in 2013, is an Advanced Senior Echophysiologist, and is part of a team of community cardiac specialists who run a mobile clinic helping patients in rural areas access potentially life-saving scans.
It offers patients with potentially life-threatening heart problems access to assessment, diagnosis and treatment closer to home, rather than travel to their nearest district general hospital.
Joanne Oliver, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Health Service Engagement Lead for Wales, who nominated Liana for the award, said: “Liana is passionate about being able to improve care and services for the patients within her locality.
“She is also dedicated to sharing innovation and the learning gained with commitment to publishing articles on the benefits achieved by the enhanced service.
“Additionally Liana has a passion for creating a nation of lifesavers by trying to improve survival rates across North Wales through CPR training and is an Advanced Life Support instructor.
“She is such an all-round Heart Hero in being such a dedicated band passionate health care professional and supporter of BHF who strives to make a difference for patients at risk and is so worthy of this award.”
Liana, who runs her clinics in Ysbyty Alltwen, Ysbyty Eryri, Llandudno Hospital, Denbigh Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital and Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, received the award from well-known doctor, presenter and writer Dr Hilary Jones.
She said: “I am incredibly humbled to receive this award and it is lovely to receive recognition for the work we do.
“This is most certainly an award for the whole team involved in the service, in particular Dr Graham Thomas, his passion and drive for this service has enabled us to get where we are today.”