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03 July 2009 at 17:09
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. Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is one of only three Trusts in the country who were able to give this treatment to every patient who needed it within the target time of 30 minutes after arriving at hospital.

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 by the Royal College of Physicians last week in their annual report on heart attacks show that the Trust is 17% above the national average of 83% for patients to receive the drug within 30 minutes of arriving at hospital. The report also gives figures for patients receiving the drug with an hour of calling for help and again the Trust is above average with 89% against the average of 72%.

Sarah Groves, Matron for Critical Care said, “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 Nurses. To be one of only three Trusts to have achieved a 100% record is very satisfying, but the real challenge is maintaining it.”

Notes to Editors

The complete report can be seen at

The other Trusts that achieved a 100% record were Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Nottingham and Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714