October 8, 2008

Expert Link to Save City Heart Patients Illness Caused By Clot Can Be Treated Quickly

HEART attack victims in Glasgow will be the first in the west of Scotland to get specialist lifesaving care within 90 minutes of an attack.

From this month, highly-trained ambulance crews will be in direct contact with experts at two hospitals to detect whether a patient's heart attack is caused by a clot in an artery.

The bulk of patients in such cases will then be able to have the potentially lethal clot removed in less time than it takes to watch a football match.

The GBP2million Optimal Reperfusion Service will treat patients at specialist units at Clydebank's Golden Jubilee Hospital and at Hairmyres in East Kilbride.

Keith Oldroyd, interventional cardiologist at the specialist centre in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital said: "This service is for those patients whose heart attack is due to a blocked artery.

"Paramedics can quickly detect this from the equipment they routinely carry in ambulances and the diagnosis can be confirmed by coronary care experts at the specialist centre over the phone.

"This means that suitable patients are brought straight to the specialist centre for treatment to reopen the blocked artery."

Where patients cannot be taken to hospital in time, they will get clotbusting drugs before being taken to a centre as soon as possible.

Grant Archibald, director of emergency care with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: "This is an excellent example of joint working between Health Boards in the west of Scotland and will deliver real benefits to patients."

The service will be launched in Glasgow this month, spreading to the rest of the health board area in November before being rolled out to patients in the Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Forth Valley health board areas.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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