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MY EXPERIENCES at Newark Hospital Minor Injuries Unit mirror those of Mr Nigel Coulter (Minor Injuries Staff Praised For Life-saving Care, Advertiser, August 4).

In October last year I called at the department over chest discomfort I was experiencing.

After tests, I was diagnosed as having a heart attack. Shortly afterwards I suffered a cardiac arrest.

My husband, who was with me, told me the medical team arrived immediately and I was resuscitated.

I was then transferred, accompanied by a nurse, to the specialist cardiac unit at Nottingham City Hospital where, as in Newark Hospital, the care, attention and medical expertise were second to none.

I, and many others, fully support Mr Towndrow (Say Yes To Newark Hospital) in emphasising the importance of “allowing patients to self-present (at Newark Hospital) for immediate assessment and early treatment, when necessary.”

There is no doubt that the best possible care for heart patients is to be found at a specialist centre, but there is a very strong argument for Newark Minor Injuries Unit to be the first response to potential heart attack patients.

This would allow their condition to be stabilised in a stable environment before they are transferred to a specialist unit.

If, as is at present advised, I had called an ambulance instead of going to Newark Hospital, it is debatable whether the delay and attempt at resuscitation in a speeding ambulance would have had led to the same successful outcome.


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