Heart surgery to be performed 24 hours

By Ian Dipple 11/05 Updated: 11/05 10:17

HEART attack patients from Redditch will be able to undergo lifesaving surgery 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Worcestershire under a new service being launched by hospital bosses.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust board has approved the start of a round-the-clock Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital from Septemeber.

It means anyone requiring primary angioplasty treatment - a procedure used to open the narrowed or blocked coronary arteries of the heart immediately after the most serious type of heart attack - will no longer have to travel to Birmingham, Coventry or Wolverhampton out of hours.

The service is currently only offered in the county on weekedays between 9am and 5pm.

It is estimated the development of a 24/7 service will provide potentially lifesaving treatment to an additional 200 to 250 people a year.

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