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Patient home just four days after heart op

Ian Hall (front) spent just four days at Blackpool Victoria Hospital following heart surgery before being discharged, pictured with Philip McAdam and Dr Helen Saunder.

Ian Hall (front) spent just four days at Blackpool Victoria Hospital following heart surgery before being discharged, pictured with Philip McAdam and Dr Helen Saunder.

Three days ago Ian Hall underwent major surgery, during which his heart was stopped and blood pumped through his body by a machine.

Today he will be discharged from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Ian, 48, is the first patient at The Vic’s cardiac centre to be placed on a hospital care package which aims to get surgery patients home as soon as they are fit enough.

With pre-operative therapy, energy drinks and a positive attitude, Ian was discharged to his Preston home on Thursday morning.

The custody sergeant at Preston Police Station said: “I was expecting to be here for six days, but this has knocked two days off.

“Knowing I could be home quicker has definitely helped my recovery.

“It’s been lovely here but there’s nothing like your own bed.”

Staff at The Vic have been in talks to develop the care package, or patient pathway, for the past year, and are this week trying it for the first time with a handful of cardiac patients.

Dr Helen Saunders, cardiothoracic anaesthetic consultant, said: “Studies show if you are prepared to go home in less time you do get better faster.

“Historically patients were brought in the night before an operations to meet the surgeon, anaesthesiologist and to have bloods taken. On this pathway we do that in a clinic the week before so patients come into hospital the same day as their operation.

“If patients feel they are ready to go home, they will.”

Dr Saunders said patients were boosted by energy drinks before and after their surgery to help the body heal.

Early discharge is ‘real first’ for Blackpool Vic

Hospital bosses at The Vic are excited about the new care package.

Dr Helen Saunders said: “This is a tremendous achievement compared to the last five to 10 years.

“It’s about the patient being more in charge of their own recovery, and we follow their discharge up with phone calls and we will see them as an out patient within a week.

“This is something we are really excited about.”

Cardiothoracic advanced practitioner, Philip McAdam added: “This is a real first for the hospital.”

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