Patient meet-up: The cycle of life

Patient Meet Up Andrew McDonald 250718 2

Yesterday at Diss ambulance station, patient Andrew MacDonald had the pleasure of shaking the hands and thanking the people who helped save his life.

Last month, Andrew, had gone out for his usual and much enjoyed bike ride through the Norfolk/Suffolk countryside when he felt unwell. Not thinking it was particularly serious he called his partner to let her know where he was and what was happening and she told him to immediately call 999.

Emergency Care Practitioner, David Siggins and Emergency Medical Technician, Caron Keenes, were dispatched to help Andrew and arrived on scene shortly after. Following assessment, it was clear that he was having a heart attack. After administering pain relief and sending the ECG results ahead to the hospital, Andrew was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and taken directly into the PPCI unit.

Caron said “I remember when we arrived at the hospital that we were one of four other crews that arrived at the same time (all with patients having heart problems). You sometimes get days like that.”

Andrew was the taken straight through to a theatre and just over two hours after making his call to 999, he was recovering on the cardiac ward after having a stent fitted.

Andrew said “I just wanted to come in and thank you both for what you did”.

Published 26th July 2018

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