The national service framework standard states that people suffering from heart attack should receive thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes of calling for professional help. The Healthcare Commission's target is for each national health service trust to deliver a 10 per cent. increase per year in the proportion of people suffering from a heart attack who receive thrombolysis within 60 minutes of calling for professional help.
The Department has been informed by NHS East of England that the West Hertfordshire Healthcare Trust does not expect reconfiguration to have an adverse effect on achieving these targets.
A joint scheme between the ambulance service and the trust's cardiology clinicians has had successful results to date concerning the way in which patients are treated, and where they are taken if they require treatment for thrombolysis. This involves the initiation of treatment and transferral of patients to the appropriate centre, for example Paddington.