SAVING lives with a new specialised heart service has earned a team at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre a place on the shortlist of the Celebrating Success Awards.
The Gazette-backed awards aim to honour the work of all hospital workers, including those behind the scenes. Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Tower Ballroom, on November 2.
The Coronary Care Unit at the centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, is shortlisted in the Changing Lives category.
The team was nominated for its development of the Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) for patients suffering a heart attack, a state-of-the-art medical technology, which clears blockages in the arteries stopping blood flowing to the heart.
It means patients suffering a heart attack now have a better chance than ever of surviving.
A regional roll-out of PPCI saw a reduction in mortality, from 12.9 per cent to four per cent.
The team was nominated in two categories.
One of the nominations said: “The CCU team have been challenged with ensuring the implementation of this service and have responded with diligence, team spirit and determination.
“Throughout the process, staff have remained focused on ensuring patient care is paramount - from the initial call to inform them a patient will be arriving, admission to CCU following the procedure in catheter labs through to discharge, they ensure the patient and their families are given all the care, support and advice needed during what is a very anxious time.”
Allan Kent, lead cardiac specialist nurse practitioner, said the team was elated to have been shortlisted.
Ha added: “Over the past year, we have treated 996 heart attack patients from Lancashire and South Cumbria.
“It has been very rewarding to see our efforts pay off as heart attack patients outcomes have improved immensely.”