Heart at­tack MSP’s praise

Trib­ute: Former health min­is­ter Alex Neil ‘ex­pe­ri­enced NHS at its best’

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY KATRINE BUSSEY

Former Scot­tish health sec­re­tary Alex Neil has praised med­i­cal staff who treated him after a heart at­tack, say­ing he “ex­pe­ri­enced the na­tional health ser­vice at its best”.

The SNP politi­cian said he will “soon be back tomy old self” after tak­ing ill while work­ing at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment on Jan­uary 26.

The Air­drie and Shotts MSP said he spent just two nights in hospi­tal after the in­ci­dent and is now “feel­ing fine”.

Mr Neil said he had not suf­fered any per­ma­nent dam­age to his heart as he told how an am­bu­lance ar­rived at Holy­rood to help him “within a few min­utes”.

Mr Neil said: “I took my heart at­tack while work­ing in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

“Luck­ily I re­mem­bered from my days as Cabi­net sec­re­tary for health that get­ting med­i­cal at­ten­tion in the firsthour is thekey to min­imis­ing the im­pact of such an event,” added the MSP.

“An am­bu­lance was there within a few min­utes and in less than two hours I was in the coro­nary care unit at Ed­in­burgh Royal In­fir­mary hav­ing al­ready had a stent in­serted tomy heart to deal with the blocked artery and my sit­u­a­tion sta­bilised with the help of med­i­ca­tion.”

He added: “I ex­pe­ri­enced the na­tional health ser­vice at its best.

“The ded­i­ca­tion and ef­fi­ciency of the am­bu­lance ser­vice paramedics along with the ex­cel­lent care I got in Ed­in­burgh Royal In­fir­mary were se­cond to none.

“After only two nights in hospi­tal, I got home and I am feel­ing fine,” added Mr Neil.

“The skill of paramedics and care in the Royal were se­cond to none”

HALE AND HEARTY: Alex Neil needed only two nights in hospi­tal and will soon be ‘back to my old self’

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