London heart attack sufferers taken to a specialist cardiac centre have a 60% chance of survival, whereas those taken to an A&E unit only have, at best, a 26% chance of survival: according to unpublished information from the London Ambulance Service.
Experts say that the current provision of cardiac services in north and east London have, "relatively poor patient outcomes in comparison to the rest of England", and suggest that St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London should be transformed into a huge cardiovascular surgery unit, and a hub for a comprehensive network of care, which would embrace GPs and local hospitals.
For years, world-renowned heart surgeon and philanthropist Devi Shetty, has argued that, “One hundred or 200 bed hospitals are not the solution.” Shetty is the founder and chairman of Narayana Health, which boasts Asia’s largest cardiac centre providing world-class cardiac care at affordable prices. “Large specialist cardiac centres, treating high volumes of patients, staffed by specialists and equipped with the latest technology, save lives, reduce complications, lower costs, and are the hospitals of the future,” says Shetty.
Dr. Colin John is a Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, India.
Dr. Colin John, Head of the pediatric and adult surgical programmes at NH, is an alumnus of the Christian Medical College, Vellore; the Royal Adelaide Hospital; the Westmead Hospital; and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children; all in Australia.
He is one of the most experienced cardiac surgeons in the world specialising in operating on children, especially those suffering from complex heart problems such as Tetralogy of Fallout (TOF) or in simple terms ‘Blue Babies’.
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