Heart attack care Raigmore Hospital Inverness, NHS Highland

The team at the Cardiac Unit in the Highlands of Scotland outline the challenges and opportunities of providing acute cardiac care in the most remote part of the UK. Early diagnosis and referral to the Coronary Care Unit is the critical first step in deciding if a patient with a heart attack should receive emergency clot busting drug in the community or taken immediately to hospital. This video reinforces the need for close team working between pre-hospital and hospital staff.

The development of coronary angioplasty at the cath lab at Raigmore hospital and the excellent pre-hospital care by GPs and the ambulance service mean that world class treatment is now possible for the vast majority of patients in this area who unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack.

If you think you or a family member is suffering a heart attack — call 999 immediately

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You can also find some excellent information on all aspects of heart attacks and coronary heart disease at the following websites

NHS 24 website http://www.nhs24.com/
NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Heart-at…
British Heart Foundation http://www.bhf.org.uk/
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland website http://www.chss.org.uk/
National Heart Forum http://www.heartforum.org.uk/
Luck2Bhere http://www.lucky2bhere.org

Please be aware that we cannot comment on individual patients cases. If you do want specific advice it is advised that you contact your GP or NHS direct http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/

The filming and production of this video has been supported with an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd. Daiichi Sankyo UK Ltd has had no involvement or input in the content.

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