"Emergency Ventricular Tachycardia/220 Heart Rate"
About: Whipps Cross University Hospital Whipps Cross University Hospital E11 1NR
Posted by Martin Flaherty
I thought that the care was first class from admission in A & E through to my transfer to the London Chest Clinic 48 hours later and ultimately my discharge a further 48 hours later having undergone an angiogram to diagnose my heart problem and having a stent implant to rectify my problem. Particularly impressive was the fact that, on a Sunday night at midnight, I was given a "fast pass" into A & E but spent only 10 minutes in A & E before being transferred to Resus. Conscious throughout, I did not appreciate the gravity of my situation and whilst the initial chemical and electrical shock treatments did not work, the team working on my case remained calm and professional throughout, keeping myself and my wife appraised of my situation and displaying good humour to maintain my spirits. The second round of chemical treatment worked-thank god for Amiodarone and we each breathed a sigh of relief. Post emergency care was first class in both a traditional world and in the Coronary Care Unit as I awaited transfer to the London Chest Clinic. Treatment at the LCC was equally professional. In total, I encountered 30 professionals from consultant cardiologist through registrar and junior doctor to senior, junior and student nurse, all of whom displayed professionalism of the highest order. I almost enjoyed my stay although, obviously (save for aftercare), I hope that I don't have to repeat the experience!