In 2005 the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust took part in a successful national pilot scheme for the treatment of patients having a heart attack. Instead of offering clot busting drugs, patients had an angioplasty, an artery widening procedure, called Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) which improves survival and also reduces the chances of having another heart attack in the future. During the PCI procedure a small balloon is inserted which, when inflated, widens the artery. In most cases a ‘stent’ is also implanted to keep the artery wall open. Patients having a heart attack in West Yorkshire, York and Harrogate are brought straight to the catheter labs at LGI to have this procedure. Leeds now has the largest single centre Primary PCI service across the UK which is provided to over 1,000 patients each year admitted acutely with a heart attack.To celebrate 10 years of Primary PCI, staff in the Catheter Labs of the Yorkshire Heart Centre decided to hold a Ball in Leeds. The Ball, organised by Stephen and Katrina Kimberley and Emma Sugden, was a great success and the proceeds were kindly donated to Take Heart. The success was in no small way due to Emma’s input, securing prizes, selling tickets etc.The profit was a magnificent £1372.42 and the photo shows the presentation of the cheque to Take Heart’s treasurer Alec McLean. Thank you so much for this donation – it will be spent on making life more comfortable for our patients.Gina McGawleyTake Heart Vice Chairman
Photo left to right: Dr Jim McLenachan, Alec McLean, Stephen Kimberley, Emma Sugden, Katrina Kimberley and Victoria Worsnop.