LIVING in Harefield could save your life - statistics released last week show people taken to Harefield Hospital after suffering a heart attack get the fastest treatment in the country.
While nationally the average time for treatment after arriving at hospital is 56 minutes, patients at the Hill End Road hospital's Heart Attack Centre are treated within just 23 minutes.
Jean Brett, of the pressure group Heart of Harefield, said such news vindicates the group's battle to keep the world renowned hospital in the village.
She said: "One of the reasons I fought so hard was to save lives, as it takes longer to get to London after people have suffered a heart attack.
"People living in the village are the most fortunate of all with such a hospital on their doorstep."
Patients at Harefield receive primary angioplasty, where a thin tube is used to unblock coronary arteries and a small device put in place to keep the artery open.
Primary angioplasty is being used more and more in heart attack cases in the UK, and it allows patients to leave hospital sooner.
Derek Wilson, of Sanctuary Close, Harefield, said he was glad to be living so near the hospital where he experienced excellent care 10 years ago after a heart attack, and where he is still checked annually.
Mr Wilson said: "When I had a heart attack they were very quick to treat me.
"I ended up having a triple by-pass and a repaired valve but I was out within a week. They were quick and efficient and I can't praise them enough."
Miles Dalby, consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, said: "For anyone who has suffered a heart attack, the speed of treatment is vital.
"We have worked hard to develop a service at Harefield's Heart Attack Centre which ensures expert treatment in record time.
"Other regions around the country who are keen to adopt a similar approach regularly contact us and attend our training sessions and conferences."