Acute Chest Pain Management
Patients who call 999 with suspected cardiac chest pain will have an electrocardiograph performed by the paramedic and this will be faxed directly to the coronary care unit (CCU).
The paramedic will then contact the CCU senior sister providing details about the patient and their symptoms.
The CCU senior sister will decide on the most appropriate department for admission based on the information provided.
Patients with heart attacks and unstable angina or unstable heart rhythms will be admitted directly to CCU.
Patients with other types of chest pain will be admitted to our urgent and emergency care services and investigated appropriately.
Patients suffering from a particular type of heart attack known as a STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction), will usually be offered angioplasty treatment immediately regardless of time of day.
Angioplasty is the procedure of inserting, then inflating, a small balloon in the blocked coronary artery, leaving a rigid support to restore blood flow.
Patients who self present in A&E with STEMI will also be offered immediate angioplasty.