|Our cardiac work is in line with the philosophy of the CVD Outcomes Strategy (NHS 2012) to treat CVD as a 'family of diseases'. This is particularly shown through our efforts, working in conjunction with colleagues in other organisations, on ensuring Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is detected and managed effectively so as to prevent embolic stroke. This was epitomised by an AF/Stroke prevention conference which took place at Gorton Monastery in November 2014. Centred on the common aim of preventing stroke, it helped generate and spread ideas amongst both the cardiac and stroke clinical communities across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. Clinical leads are in post to help drive this work further forward.
In another cardiac area, recent Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) NICE guidelines support Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) team efforts to widen 'within 24 hours' access to urgent cardiology https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs68/chapter/list-of-quality-statements.
The network-designed Cardiac Acute Transfer System (CATS) - which helps coordinate and optimise patients accessing specialist acute cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures across the GM Network - was probably the first such system in the country when it launched some years ago. There has been a lot of work to upgrade this system to help ensure that this invaluable resource is robust going forward, the new revised CATS was launched in October 2014.
Our current priorities include: reducing surgical waiting times; improving care pathways for patients who experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest and management of cardiogenic shock; functional imaging and further development of the stable angina pathway.
Dr Farzin Fath-Ordoubadi
Cardiac Clinical Lead