Wednesday 28 September 2016

Cross-border milestone for heart patients

Published 19/04/2016 | 02:30

Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Donegal patients suffering from a STEMI heart attack now have direct access to services in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

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This condition is caused by a sudden complete blockage of a heart artery (coronary artery).

It is the first cross-border service of its kind and represents a milestone in medical provision in the north west, said Health Minister Leo Varadkar (below).

"Up to 60 patients suffering from a STEMI heart attack will be treated in Altnagelvin every year.

"Previously, patients from the region had to be transported to University Hospital Galway, so this represents a big saving in terms of treatment time and also distance.

"It's just the latest cross-border medical service to be provided and I look forward to future expansion of this service. A further step will be to give access to radiotherapy services at Altnagelvin for patients from the Republic."

Patients within 90 minutes' travelling distance of Altnagelvin Hospital will now have access to 24/7 primary percutaneous coronary invention (PCI) at the hospital, he added.

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