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Heartwarming news for NHS hospital trust; HEALTH.

MID Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust is beating the national average for prompt delivery of life-saving treatment for heart attack patients.

A leading cardiology specialist today praised local doctors, nurses and paramedics for their "excellent"

performance in administering clot-busting drugs called thrombolysis to patients swiftly after a heart attack.

Figures released by the Royal College of Physicians' Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project show the Mid Staffordshire Trust is now well above average on target times for delivering thrombolysis.

It also has a first rate record for giving follow-up medication when coronary patients leave hospital.

The government's target is for patients identified as suffering from a lack of blood supply to part of the muscle in the heart - known as myocardial infarction - to be given thrombolysis within 60 minutes of a call-out or within 30 minutes of going through the doors of a hospital.

The MINAP figures show that, during 2006-07, the Mid Staffordshire Trust met the 60 minute target in 74 per cent of cases, compared with a national average of 64 per cent.

The 30-minute target was met in 89 per cent of cases, compared to 83 per cent nationally.
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Date:Jul 13, 2007
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