"My cardiac arrest looked after with quiet efficiency"

About: King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) / Cardiology University Hospital Lewisham / Cardiology

(as the patient),

I had been watching football on TV when I began to have strange sensations in my chest. I asked my wife to take me to Lewisham A&E as I knew something was not right.

I was seen straight away in an assessment room. Within a few minutes I suddenly felt cold and clammy and remember someone putting something under my tongue. The next thing I remember was waking up in a different room wondering what all the fuss was about.

I later found out was nearly 5 hours that I had been unconscious and that my heart had stopped. My wife told me later that the staff there all just moved with a purpose, quietly and efficiently and my heart was restarted. I spent the next week in cardiac care unit Lewisham before having angioplasty at King's. I was able to go home about 2 weeks after the event, and there was staged aftercare.

Without a doubt I would not have survived had I been forced to go further than Lewisham for treatment!

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Response from Patient Experience Team, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust. We always endeavour to provide high quality, patient centred care.

I'm very pleased to hear that you felt our team were efficient in providing care to you when you needed it. I wish you well for the future and I hope you continue to make a full recovery.

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