Heart meetings start tomorrow

PATIENTS in Ipswich can challenge health bosses about heart attack care in the county tomorrow.

PATIENTS in Ipswich can challenge health bosses about heart attack care in the county tomorrow.

NHS Suffolk, the county's primary care trust, has organised a series of drop-in sessions designed to reassure people about plans to treat emergency victims outside the county.

The first event will be held tomorrow from 4pm to 6pm in the Council Chambers of Ipswich Town Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.

During the events patients will be able to watch a DVD featuring heart tsar Professor Roger Boyle, who conducted a review into initial plans to send patients outside the county for urgent treatment.

He recommended a pilot period to test the proposals more thoroughly.

Tracy Dowling, director of strategic commissioning at NHS Suffolk, said: “NHS Suffolk made it clear at the recent review visit from Professor Boyle that it was really important to make sure that the service is explained more fully to people in Suffolk.

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“We will continue this engagement after the pilot period to keep people informed about any further changes to heart attack services for people in Suffolk.”

The other events include sessions at Sizewell Sports and Leisure Club on Monday from 5pm to 7pm, at the Riverside Community Centre in Stratford St Andrew on Tuesday, August 4, from 5pm to 7pm, at Cedars Hotel in Stowmarket on Thursday, August 6, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, at St Felix Hall in Felixstowe on Monday, August 10, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and at Kesgrave Community Centre on Wednesday, August 12, from 4.30pm to 6.15pm.

For more information visit www.suffolk.nhs.uk.

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