Lister’s new 24/7 heart attack service proves its worth

Following an investment of £1.2 million in the recruitment of additional specialist staff required, the Lister’s Hertfordshire Cardiology Centre has been providing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) – the gold standard treatment for those with heart attacks – 24 hours a day since 28 April 2014.  In that time, a total of 34 local people have been treated – of whom 21 received their care out-of-hours (i.e. overnight or at weekends).  Prior to this point, the service was available Monday to Fridays only, between 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Outside of these hours, ambulances attending patients having a heart attack took them to Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire or Harefield in North-west London.