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Harefield’s heart attack centre officially ‘making a difference’


Friday 12th December 2008


Staff at Harefield Hospital’s leading heart attack centre have been commended in London’s ‘Making a Difference” award in recognition of their innovative service and excellent team-work.


The awards, run by NHS London in association with the King’s Fund and Evening Standard, took place yesterday at the inaugural London Health 08 conference. Harefield’s primary angioplasty service was one of 11 projects short-listed for an award and received a ‘special judges mention’.


Commenting at the awards ceremony, Chief Executive of NHS London, Ruth Carnall, said; “So many staff in the NHS are worthy of being crowned NHS Champions - from midwifes, nurses, senior clinicians, paramedics, hospital managers to hospital porters - all make an invaluable contribution to look after the health and well-being of Londoners 24-hours a day, every day of the year.


“The Royal College of Physicians show that the heart attack centre at Harefield Hospital has the shortest door to balloon time in the UK at just 23 minutes. For their work to provide fast treatment to patients when they need it the most, Harefield Hospital received a special judges mention as finalists for the London ‘Making a Difference’ award.”


The heart attack centre was commended for its primary angioplasty service where expert staff rapidly treat patients by inserting a thin tube, called a catheter, and then inflating a small balloon to unblock the coronary arteries. A rigid metal support, called a stent, is then left in place to restore blood flow. Speed of treatment is vital as the sooner the patient receives treatment, the less damage there is.


Commenting on the team’s commendation, Dr Miles Dalby, consultant cardiologist at Harefield Hospital said; “We’re incredibly proud of Harefield’s leading heart attack centre and delighted that we’ve been officially praised as a centre of excellence which delivers the fastest primary angioplasty treatment in the country. We look forward to seeing a rapid expansion of high quality primary angioplasty services throughout the UK.”


Members of Harefield’s heart attack team including Dr Dalby, Dr Charles Ilsley and Dr Mark Mason were on-hand at the London Health 08 conference to share their work with colleagues from across the NHS. As well as manning an exhibition stand, the team also presented data to delegates at a forum run in conjunction with the London Ambulance Service.




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