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Paul back on the bike thanks to first-class emergency care

Paul Balchin is an avid cyclist who regularly rides his bike 250-400km a week – he never expected to need life-saving emergency care by his colleagues at Rosebud and Frankston Hospitals in the middle of his shift one Thursday morning.

“I was at work doing some cleaning, my normal duties just before lunch,” recalls Paul, a Patient Services Assistant at Rosebud Hospital.

“I had really strong chest pain. I wasn’t sure what it was… I went to get fresh air but it didn’t go away.”

Paul notified his Associate Nurse Unit Manager, who put him straight in a wheelchair and took him to the Emergency Department (ED).

This Christmas, Peninsula Health is raising funds for new resuscitation equipment for Frankston and Rosebud Emergency Departments, so doctors and nurses have access to the latest life-saving equipment to help patients like Paul in an emergency.

“It happened so fast and I was in quite a lot of pain… I had an 80% blockage in one of my main arteries,” says Paul.

Rosebud local Paul was having a heart attack.

“I can’t really remember what happened in ED, they knew I had a heart attack… I just recall thinking how fast they had found that out,” says Paul.

Doctors and nurses at Rosebud ED worked rapidly to diagnose and treat Paul, before transferring him to cardiology specialists at Frankston Hospital.

“Before I knew it I was in the Cath Lab talking to the cardiologist about what they were going to do,” he says.

“They put a stent in the artery causing the problem. Then they found that I had another artery that was 90% blocked.”

Paul had a second, life-saving stent put in. A few weeks later he was back riding his bike, and was even well enough to go on his pre-planned trip to Europe.

“I have been back and thanked all the staff and said basically, ‘you saved my life’,” says Paul.

“The care I received was first class.”

Paul is encouraging others to support their local health service.

 “You want the hospital to have the best possible facilities there, as you just never know when you are going to be the patient,” adds Paul.

“We need to support the hospital as much as we can.”

Help Peninsula Health doctors and nurses access the best possible life-saving equipment, by supporting the Emergency Appeal. Make a donation by calling 9788 1284 or visiting www.peninsulahealth.org.au/emergencyappeal.