Altnagevlin heart attack unit hailed

Stormont's new health minister, Simon Hamilton
Stormont's new health minister, Simon Hamilton

A new state-of the-art Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) service at Altnagelvin hospital has helped save many lives in its first year of operation.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton said: “Since September 2014, the PPCI service for patients suffering the most severe form of heart attack has been provided to the entire Northern Ireland population from two centres, in the Royal Victoria Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital.

“PPCI saves lives, reduces complications, speeds recovery and shortens the hospital stay.”

He added: “The emergency work being done in the Belfast trust area and in Altnagelvin as well, is proving so successful, justifying the faith that was put in this service and the investment that was made.”