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Drop-in sessions on heart review

Drop-in sessions are being held for people to find out more about a new service for emergency heart attack treatment in Suffolk.

The public meetings have been organised by NHS Suffolk after the government's so-called heart tsar Professor Roger Boyle carried out a review.

A spokesman said it was important the service was explained more fully.

The plans include sending patients with the most severe type of heart attack to specialist hospitals outside Suffolk.

Under Professor Boyle's recommendations, patients from west Suffolk, normally treated at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, will go straight to specialist heart hospital Papworth, in Cambridge, for emergency angioplasty.

A three-month pilot scheme will run in east Suffolk where patients will be given clot-busting drug treatment, known as thrombolysis, and then taken to either Papworth, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Basildon University Hospital in Essex, or Harefield Hospital in west London.

NHS Suffolk said Heartbeat East and the interim lay advisory group (ILAG) had both been involved in setting up the meetings.

The first meeting will be held in Ipswich on Thursday, with others planned for Bury St Edmunds, Leiston, Stratford St Andrew, Stowmarket, Felixstowe and Kesgrave.

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