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Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Address: Beardmore Street
G81 4HX

Telephone: 0141 951 5000

Beardmore Street
G81 4HX
Tel: 0141 951 5000

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The NHS National Waiting Times Centre is an NHS Special Board made up of two distinct parts - the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre. Based in Clydebank, near Glasgow, the Golden Jubilee is Scotland's flagship hospital for reducing patient waiting times. The hospital receives referrals from across the country in the specialties and services provided. The hospital is home to the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre; a first-class facility that provides regional and national services. The website gives a wide range of information on the hospital and the services, as well as a variety of publications and news items.

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Optimal Reperfusion for heart attack patients
The Optimal Reperfusion service is based in the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank.

Also known as Enhanced Reperfusion and Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, it is a technique where blood flow is restored to an organ or tissue that has had its blood supply cut off, as after a heart attack. Early reperfusion minimises the extent of heart muscle damage and preserves the pumping function of the heart.

Using a clot buster (also called thrombolysis) is effective with about two-thirds of patients who have suffered a heart attack (also called a myocardial infarction), Reperfusion using primary angioplasty and stenting provides better long-term results with less complications, especially in high-risk patients.

As has always been the case, a large proportion of heart attack patients will be taken to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department before admission to an inpatient ward – this will not change. However, not all heart attacks are the same – some patients suffer an attack because of a blocked artery and this service is purpose-designed for them.

Paramedics have the training and equipment that allows them to determine if a patient has a blocked artery. They can also confirm the diagnosis by phone with specialist coronary experts. When such a patient is identified, paramedics will immediately take the patient by ambulance direct to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital where they can receive the immediate attention of experts in dealing with these types of conditions.

The aim is to ensure that patients will reach specialist care within 90 minutes of suffering a heart attack – where this is not possible, paramedics will administer clot-busting drugs and keep the patient stable until the service is reached.

There is irrefutable clinical evidence that this approach means better long-term results and fewer complications for patients, particularly those who are at high-risk:

  • Improved survival
  • Fewer strokes
  • Reduced chance of further heart attacks
  • Less chance of angina