Hospital doing well in heart attack care

MORE heart attack victims are getting vital clot-busting drugs early at Ipswich Hospital according to new figures released today.The Royal College of Physicians has published figures showing the number of patients given vital thrombolytic treatment, which treats blood clots, within an hour of calling for help when suffering a heart attack.

MORE heart attack victims are getting vital clot-busting drugs early at Ipswich Hospital according to new figures released today.

The Royal College of Physicians has published figures showing the number of patients given vital thrombolytic treatment, which treats blood clots, within an hour of calling for help when suffering a heart attack.

The figures show that in 2006/7 89 per cent of heart attack patients at Ipswich Hospital were given the drug within 30 minutes of arrival on the site.

The national target is 75pc, and the proportion getting the treatment has gone up from 84pc the previous year. The national average was 84pc in both years.


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The proportion getting the treatment within 60 minutes of calling for help fell slightly, from 65pc to 64pc which was slightly below the national target of 68pc. The national average increased from 58pc to 64pc last year.

The number of patients who received the drugs within 60 minutes varied between rural and urban areas - and the distances people have to travel to hospital may be a factor.

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The East of England Ambulance service gave clot-busting drugs to 66pc of heart attack victims it took to hospital within 60 minutes of the first call for help.

A few large hospitals also gave heart attack victims a primary angioplasty where the arteries are widened in a surgical procedure - but Ipswich is not a specialist heart hospital and does not offer that treatment in the first instance.

Hospital management spokeswoman Jan Rowsell said: “These figures show the hospital is exceeding or coming very close to the targets.

“We welcome figures like this because it gives us a benchmark against which to judge our performance and helps us judge how we are able to improve the services we offer.”

Colchester General Hospital gave all its heart attack victims clot-busting drugs within 30 minutes of arrival last year, the previous year it did so with 88pc. The number that got the injection within 60 minutes of their first call increased significantly from 39 to 68pc.

However West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds saw the number that got the drugs within 30 minutes of arrival fall from 81pc to 65pc. However the number that were treated within 60 minutes of their initial call went up from 59 to 60pc.

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