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Right Arrow Healthier hearts, longer lives number of patients receiving clot-busting treatment within 30 minutes continues to rise
08 July 2008 at 12:09
For someone suffering a heart attack the speed with which they can get access to a particular drug known as thrombolytic treatment can literally be a matter of life and death. A heart attack is caused by a blood clot blocking one of the coronary arteries or its branches & the clot busting drug (a thrombolytic) dissolves the clot re-establishing the blood flow to the heart muscle. The sooner the clot is dissolved the less damage there is to the heart muscle.

Figures released recently by the Royal College of Physicians show that we have the second highest percent of patients in the country who receive this clot-busting and potentially life saving treatment within 30 minutes of arriving at hospital.

Of the 45 patients who needed the treatment, 44 received it within the 30 minutes, that’s 98%. This is considerably better than the national average of 85% and an increase of 12% on last year’s figures.

Sarah Groves, Matron for Critical Care said, “It a very pleasing to have the second highest percentage, as it saves lives and improves quality of life after a heart attack. As we are so close to the 100% it also gives us an incentive to do even better next year so that we can help even more patients. This result has been achieved by the hard work of all staff particularly those in Accident and Emergency & the Clinical Decision unit who have a consistently high level of training & support from our Cardiac Specialist Nurse”.

Notes to Editors

The complete report can be seen at

There are 6 trusts who recorded 100% achievement against the 30 minute target and one other trust who achieved 98%.

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714