YOUR article “Save Hospital A&E residents plead” reported concerns from Purbeck residents about the time it would take for patients suffering a heart attack to travel to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital compared to Poole Hospital.

It is certainly true that for some types of heart attack, rapid intervention called “primary PCI” saves lives. That is exactly why such patients are brought directly to the RBH, home to the regional PPCI service.

Moreover, recent national guidance recommends all patients who have had a heart attack should be brought to a centre with a 24-hour cardiology service and with cardiac catheter laboratories – available at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Emergency travel times have been carefully analysed as part of the Dorset Clinical Services Review, and ensure those requiring urgent treatment in the Purbecks are typically brought to the hospital in 40 minutes.

We encourage all local residents to take part in the consultation process, which runs until February 28.

DR MARK SOPHER

Cardiac Consultant, RBH

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