A FORMER firefighter has praised medics at the Derby Royal Infirmary after he had a heart surgery within two hours of calling 999.
Ronald Gascoyne, 57, rang for an ambulance after experiencing chest pains.
Paramedics arrived and diagnosed a heart attack.
Mr Gascoyne was taken to the DRI where doctors and surgeons decided that primary percutaneous coronary intervention, a heart procedure now available 24/7 thanks to a £2m investment, was the best course of action.
Mr Gascoyne said: “I couldn’t believe that I’d called an ambulance at midnight and was being operated on two hours later.
“All of the staff were fantastic, it really is brilliant.”