Actor backs hospital heart appeal

27 September 2009 11:28
Actor Brian Blessed will launch a £1.5m appeal to turn Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey into a regional centre for the treatment of heart attack victims.The NHS trust wants to run a 24-hour angioplasty service covering Surrey, north Hampshire and east Berkshire, and needs a second lab. [LNB]Primary angioplasty is a procedure that reopens blocked arteries, resulting in instant relief for a patient. [LNB]The trust has committed £3.5m to build the lab and needs £1.5m to equip it. [LNB]'Gold standard'[LNB]The Heart 2 Heart Appeal will be launched officially on Thursday, with the Surrey-based actor as the guest of honour. [LNB]A spokesman for the hospital said primary angioplasty was the gold standard treatment for heart attack patients. [LNB]He said heart attacks were the leading cause of death in the UK and victims needed immediate treatment if they were to have a chance of making a full recovery. [LNB]To provide that, an angioplasty or cardiac catheterisation lab had to be available at all times, he added. [LNB]The hospital's first lab was normally in use with patients having planned procedures, and the second lab would provide the emergency service, the spokesman said.

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