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Right Arrow Healthier hearts, longer lives vast increase in number of patients receiving clot-busting treatment within 60 minutes
20 July 2007 at 10:24
On average, 64% of patients in England having a heart attack receive clot-busting treatment with 60 minutes of calling for help. Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s patients fare far better with an average of 87% getting the treatment within 60 minutes – making us the seventh safest Hospital Trust in England.

The increase in performance is so impressive that the Royal College of Physicians, who compile the report issued last week, have used our work as a case study and an example of excellence in the report.

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has made an improvement in the 60 minute call to needle target from 52% the previous year to 87% this year. This saves lives and contributes to the overall decrease in deaths from heart attacks shown in this report.

Dramatic increase
“The reason we have seen such a dramatic increase this year”, explained Sarah Groves, Matron for Critical Care, “is simply the hard work done by our staff and our colleagues in the Ambulance Service. The disappointing MINAP data for the trust for 2005/2006 led to a scrutiny of practice. The Trust liaised closely with the local ambulance Trust, North West Ambulance Service, to discuss ways of improving this combined target of call to needle.

“Monthly meetings were arranged between the Trust and ambulance personnel where problems were shared and the cause of missed targets investigated, which often resulted in extra training and more importantly lessons were learnt by reviewing these cases in a supportive environment. Every patient was investigated if the target was missed and action plans were formed to reduce the risks of the same incidents reoccurring. The time spent at every stage of the patient’s journey was scrutinised and used as a training exercise where possible.

“All this has resulted in greatly improved patient care and has been the result of extremely hard work of staff from both Ambulance Trust and Acute Trust. The number of patients having pre-hospital thrombolytic treatment in this area by the paramedics has increased by 233% in the past year.”

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is also above the average for England in other areas reported in the MINAP, including patients receiving thrombolytic treatment within 30 minutes of arrival in hospital.

Leading ambulance service
Kevin Mackway Jones, Medical Director for North West Ambulance Service said: “We are delighted with the news that we are one of the leading ambulance services in managing heart attack patients.

“These figures show that nearly 1000 patients have received thrombolytic treatment within 60 minutes across the North West, over the last year. The increased capabilities that paramedics have to both diagnose heart attacks and administer thrombolytic treatment before the patient arrives at hospital make a vital contribution to these results.

“The figures also highlight the commitment shown by our staff to improve clinical care and really make a difference to the lives of patients.”

Notes to Editors

The complete MINAP report can be seen at http://

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: