Kettering Hospital celebrates 10th anniversary of its heart attack service

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Kettering General Hospital’s 24/7 Heart Attack Centre is celebrating ten years of delivering life-saving care to the people of Northamptonshire, South Leicestershire and South Lincolnshire.

Since its launch in 2010 more than 4,000 patients have benefitted from the emergency service, which is delivered by an expert multidisciplinary team. 

KGH’s Clinical Director of Cardiology, Dr Salman Nishtar, said: “The service has allowed patients from a wide area to be brought to the cardiac centre to undergo prompt Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI).

“This is a treatment to open up the blocked arteries which are causing the heart attack using small balloons and stents.

 “Prior to the launch of our service heart attack patients faced travelling to other specialist centres for this life saving treatment, which could result in significant delays.

 “The success of this service has largely been based on the selflessness and cohesive working between the nurses, physiologists, radiographers and doctors.

“Working in a seamless manner is essential in these critical conditions where time is of the essence. The service has also relied heavily on close working with our Intensive Care team – these patients often arrive in a perilous state and their expert support is essential to achieve the best outcome.” 

Tricia Barratt, 52, from Kettering, had her life saved by the service when she had a heart attack on February 17, 2019. 

Mrs Barratt, who has two daughters and three grandchildren, was working part-time in Kettering shop when she had the heart attack and was rushed to Kettering General Hospital for an emergency PPCI. 

She said: “I was standing in the shop thinking I had a migraine. The next thing I remember was looking up at a nurse in intensive care. 

“Later I saw the shop’s CCTV video of me falling unconscious and the paramedics arriving. I was told later I had five further cardiac arrests in the ambulance and had to be revived once more in hospital. 

“It is absolutely amazing what they do to bring you back and solve the problem. They deserve all the recognition in the world for what they do.”

 Mrs Barratt was in intensive care for a week, and then Oakley Ward for a week, before going home.

She said: “The care I received was faultless from the paramedics, to the team in the Cardiac Centre and to team in Intensive Care and on the cardiac ward.

“They all do an incredible job. I owe my life to them.” 

Practice Development Nurse Bino Job took the first call for the first patient to have a PPCI back in 2010. 

At the time he was a staff nurse in the Cardiac Centre. He said: “Since the first patient I have seen hundreds of patients have PPCIs. An extended team of people are involved from the ambulance service, to the cardiac team and intensive care and our wards too. We are very proud of what we have achieved for the people of Northamptonshire over the last ten years.

“We have a very good ‘door-to-balloon’ time and we provide a service that is only going to become more important as population in the county continues to grow.”