A specialist cardiac nurse has taken part in a NHS Highland-produced YouTube video to help people on Skye beat heart disease.
Charlie Bloe, charge nurse at the coronary care unit at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, is urging them to attend one of the two session drop-in events on Wednesday 2nd November to find out how emergencies such as heart attacks are managed across Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.
In the video, Charlie said that the key to successful outcome for patients with a heart attack is early recognition and prompt specialist intervention.
“It’s really important when people live quite distance from the specialist areas that we have robust pathways in place for the management of patients showing the symptoms of heart attacks and the whole purpose of this event in Skye is to help people recognise those symptoms and to discuss with them how they would manage their heart attack.”
Each of the sessions at the Aros Centre, Portee, will include a 20-minute presentation followed by an hour-long ‘open forum’ for questions from the floor.
The first drop-in session will run from 4pm- to 5.30pm and the second one will start immediately after from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Aside from Charlie, also on hand to answer queries will be Dr Peter Clarkson, consultant cardiologist, at Raigmore Hospital, Alan Knox from Scottish Ambulance Service and local clinicians.
Charlie Bloe said: “We intend to make two presentations about heart attacks on the day. They will both be about 20 minutes long. We want people to come along because it’s crucial - possibly lifesaving - information.
“After the sessions we hope that people will know more about the signs and symptoms. What you should you do if you think you are having a heart attack, and how the emergency services - from the paramedics on the scene to the cardiac specialists here in Inverness – are using the latest equipment and technology to work together to manage heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies.
Dr Peter Clarkson, said: “"I am keen to ensure that patients throughout the Highlands get access to optimal healthcare, and wish to ensure that the public understand what are the best routes of accessing this, given recent advances in tele-health."
At each session, information will be made available about how heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies are currently managed. Members of the public will also be able to discuss any queries, concerns or ideas with staff from the board and partner agencies.
The sessions have been arranged following feed-back from the public consultation around redesign of health and social care. There is to be an ongoing programme of meetings and events to discuss the redesign plans across Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.