Royal Papworth prepare for hospital move with scenario training day - and a little help from Magpas Air Ambulance!

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Magpas Air Ambulance, Paramedic Alex Pearce and Doctor Adriana Cordier, at the new Royal Papworth Hospital, with some of their cath lab team and (far right), Magpas Air Ambulance Medical Director Dr Simon Lewis


Magpas Air Ambulance and Royal Papworth Hospital came together on Saturday 13 April to trial the emergency heart attack pathway at our new hospital.


As part of the charity’s Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical (PHEM) operational training; we set up a simulated patient transfer into the new hospital and landed at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - with an intubated and ventilated ‘simulated’ patient on board, accompanied by a concerned “relative”.


The “patient” was then transferred into one of Royal Papworth’s new cath labs via ambulance and taken straight to the cath labs via our dedicated route for emergency admissions.


The “patient” had been suffering with chest pain and required treatment under Papworths Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) pathway, a procedure used to treat patients with blocked arteries of the heart causing a heart attack or myocardial infarction.


Reflecting on the day, Dr Will Davies, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Royal Papworth, said: “Saturday not only saw the new hospital open for a friends and family Open Day, but a highly-successful scenario training day for the cardiology staff working in the cath labs.


“The joint exercise with Magpas Air Ambulance and their enhanced medical team; enabled us to test every permutation and combination of events to make sure we’re ready for our first emergency patients on Wednesday 1 May.


“Our patients can be rest assured we’re fully ready to go live and the state-of-the-art facilities at the new Royal Papworth Hospital will ensure we maintain the best clinical outcomes possible for all patients following a heart attack.”


Magpas Air Ambulance Medical Director Simon Lewis explained, “This training exercise; with our Magpas enhanced doctor and paramedic team, ‘Harry’ (our new simulated manikin patient) and the Royal Papworth Hospital team, was a great success. The hospital facilities are fantastic and made the transfer, from the helipad through to the PPCI cath labs, very easy”.


Dr Lewis went on to say, “This revolutionises the care given to patients. It was a privilege for my medical team and I to join the hospital at their new site.”



Royal Papworth Hospital began its three-week move period to its new hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus on Tuesday 23rd April. The first patients are due to be admitted from today (1st May). 



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